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Saturday filled with FMU homecoming events

February 21, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – It’s homecoming week at Francis Marion University, where activities are leading up to a celebration on Saturday.

The highlight will be a basketball doubleheader Saturday, with the men’s and women’s teams squaring off against Flagler College in a Peach Belt Conference rivalry in the Smith University Center gym. The women’s game begins at 1:30 p.m. and the men’s game will follow, starting approximately at 3:30.

Induction ceremonies for the FMU Athletics Hall of Fame will take place between the women’s and men’s games. This year’s inductee is former Patriot softball catcher Laurie Niego Mancari (’03).

The homecoming king and queen will be crowned following the men’s game.

Homecoming activities started Monday with an education alumni reception.

“FMU’s Got Talent” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center in downtown Florence.

The Patriot Bonfire will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the University Center Fields.

On Friday, the FMU softball team will play host to Queens University at 5 p.m., the baseball team will play host to USC Aiken at 6 p.m. and Homecoming Eve will be held at 8 p.m. in downtown Florence.

On Saturday, admission to the basketball games is free.

Pregame tailgating, another homecoming tradition, will begin at 11 a.m. at the fields adjacent to the University Center, and it will conclude at 7 p.m. Food trucks will add to the offerings at this year’s event. There is a fee for tailgating spots.

A homecoming parade through campus is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Patriot Fest, set to begin at noon, will feature live music and entertainment at the University Center lawn.

Saturday’s schedule also includes baseball and softball games. FMU’s baseball team will take on USC Aiken at 2 p.m. The softball team will play two games Saturday, first against West Liberty at 1 p.m., followed by Alderson Broaddus University at 5 p.m.

The Patriot tennis team will face Barton University at noon on the Kassab Courts.

The FMU athletic department will sponsor the 21st-annual Swamp Fox Club Benefit Silent Auction, featuring sports memorabilia and merchandise, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Smith University Center gymnasium. All proceeds from the auction will support Patriot athletics. The Patriot Bookstore in the Smith University Center will offer special homecoming sales all day on Saturday.

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the Second City Comedy Tour will perform at the FMU PAC.

For more information about homecoming activities, visit fmarion.edu/homecoming or contact the office of Alumni Affairs at 843-661-1228.