A Centennial Birthday Bash
The 58th Annual LMU Alumni BBQ to celebrate University's 100th birthday this Sunday, as Lions look back at a history of champions.
Sept. 20, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - It has become the biggest alumni gathering of the year, drawing LMU graduates from across the globe back to its Westchester campus to celebrate LMU. It's the Alumni BBQ and each year in late September alums from a wide range of classes return to honor the University's history and traditions.
This Sunday, Sept. 25th will be the 58th Annual Alumni BBQ, and it will be the biggest yet.
LMU celebrates its Centennial this 2011-12 academic year and the Alumni BBQ will celebrate LMU's 100th Birthday Party all day in Sunken Garden. In honor of the 100th Birthday Party, LMU Athletics takes a look back in this special Centennial Video at 100 years of building champions within LMU's mission of educating men and women for others in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions.
The 2011 Alumni BBQ will be full of Centennial Celebrations and athletics will be right along side. Here is a look at some of what will be happening on Sunday as LMU athletics celebrates its 100th birthday.
LionsFund Athletics Garage Sale - The Athletics Garage Sale at the Alumni BBQ has become an annual tradition and features all sorts of official gear, equipment and memorabilia used by LMU's 21 varsity programs. Proceeds from the garage sale go back to the programs.
LMU Athletics at 100 - LMU athletics will have a table at the Alumni BBQ that will feature Varsity L (the official student-athlete alumni group) shirt giveaways to former athletes who have yet to receive them, ticket information on this Centennial Season, the official Centennial Poster and more. Look for Iggy to be roaming around as well.
Hoops History - A big part of LMU athletics and its history is men's basketball. From the very first West Coast Conference title in 1961, to its long list of successful alumni, to the memorable 1990 season, men's basketball and its history is filled with amazing moments. The staff and players of the current team will be on hand at the Athletics table throughout the day to honor the celebration.
Crew at 50 - In addition to LMU celebrating a Centennial, the LMU crew team celebrates its 50th anniversary this season. The team will have an official gathering at the BBQ and their table will feature former and current student-athletes, the new coaching staff and a look back at a history that features national championships and a gold medalist.
Women's Basketball Celebration - Women's basketball will have a table at the BBQ that will feature the entire Centennial Team on hand to talk about their upcoming season, ticket information, Cub Club opportunities and more. They will also have a hoop on hand for a shot to win prizes from the program. In addition, Associate Head Coach Lynn Flanagan and Assistant Coach Bianca Ziamann will do extra celebrating as they are alumni, graduating in 1991 and 2006, respectively. Flanagan is a member of the LMU's Athletics Hall of Fame.
Tennis Meet-and-Greet - The women's tennis program will be conducting a meet and greet for all Alumnae on Saturday at the LMU Tennis Center. The event begins at noon. Both the men and women's programs will be in attendance as well as Athletics Hall of Famer Robert Crawford. In addition to the Meet and Greet, Crawford will also be speaking to all the LMU student-athletes at 11 a.m. about his life story and his key to success. Women's tennis head coach Jamie Sanchez is also an alum who is a member of the Athletics Hall of Fame.
A Swing of History - Men's golf will be out in force to honor a history that spans well over 60 years and once included a nine-hole course on campus. Head Coach Alex Galvan and members from the current team will be on hand at the Fr. Thomas Higgins, SJ, Short Game Center with the latest in technology to offer video swing analysis. Like women's hoops, the men's golf program is led by alumni. Galvan and Assistant Coach Mike Gaines were teams under former head coach Higgins, graduating in 1982 and 1980, respectively.
Alumni Swim Meet - Women's swimming will have a full weekend planned that will be highlighted by their annual Alumni Swim meet on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Approximately 30 alumni will be participating in the event.
Men's Water Polo vs. the Bruins - Men's water polo will highlight the weekend with its TeamLMU event against UCLA on Saturday. Game time is set for 2 p.m. On Sunday, members from the Lions program that has won four straight titles will be attending the BBQ as they are strong part of LMU's championship history.
Volleyball Celebration - The women's volleyball team and coaching staff will be on hand throughout the day to honor its rich history of championships and NCAA appearances. They will feature a "bags" game for alumni with opportunity to win prizes from the volleyball team. Then on Thursday, Sept. 29 women's volleyball will host BYU at 7 p.m. It is the next Centennial Game on this year's 2011-12 schedule. It is the first appearance for the WCC's newest member onto the LMU campus. All season the Lions will be hosting Centennial games in each of its sports.
For a full schedule of the days events, visit LMUat100.