Illinois' James Hughes meets Wright Elementary students Tuesday
afternoon in Malta.
Nov. 9, 2004
Huskie Hoop Time Mania Hits Malta's Wright Elementary, School Changes
Nickname To Huskies
MALTA, IL -Huskie Hoop Time invaded Wright Elementary School in
Malta, IL, on Tuesday, as Northern Illinois University men's basketball
coach Rob Judson, assistant coach Donald Whiteside, sophomore center
James Hughes and NIU mascot Victor E. Huskie visited the new grade
school to celebrate its mascot change to the Huskies.
School is just three months into its initial school year and already
has a student population of more than 260 children ranging from
kindergarten through fifth grade. The children voted on their new
mascot on Nov. 2 (Election Day) and chose the moniker "Huskies"
by an overwhelming margin.
to the mascot celebration, Hughes talked to the students about the
importance of education and "doing the right thing". Hughes
also spoke about the team's "Cram the Convo" on Nov. 24
against Southwest Missouri State. "Cram the Convo" is
scheduled for the Wednesday (Nov. 24) before Thanksgiving at 7:05
p.m. and will be NIU's version of $1 Night. In addition to $1 tickets,
the Convocation Center Concession Stands will be selling $1 hotdogs,
$1 sodas and $1 popcorn.
great to go into Wright Elementary and talk to the kids about the
importance of education and 'doing the right things' everyday in
life," Judson said. "We appreciated the opportunity and
enjoyed talking to the school about Huskie Hoop Time."
opened its exhibition season on Monday (Nov. 8) against Illinois
Institute of Technology and grabbed a 101-51 win, with Hughes leading
the Huskies with 15 points.