Western New England University Announces Establishment of Golden Bear Kids Club

Western New England University Announces Establishment of Golden Bear Kids Club

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (September 14, 2017) – Western New England University announced the establishment of the Golden Bear Kids Club on Thursday afternoon.

Aimed at engaging family of Western New England student-athletes, faculty, staff and alumni ages 12 and under, the Golden Bear Kids Club (GBKC) gives young fans an opportunity to become a member of the Western New England athletic family.  Children of faculty, staff, alumni as well as siblings and young friends of Western New England University and its current student-athletes are encouraged to become a part of the Golden Bear Kids Club.

Official GBKC members receive a T-shirt, official membership card, access to events, a birthday card from Spirit, the Golden Bear himself, and an autograph passport book to collect autographs from Golden Bear student-athletes. Kids Clubs members will also be eligible for special contests and prizes throughout the academic year.

Members will also have the opportunity to participate in Meet and Greets with Western New England student-athletes and take part in monthly drawings for unique experiences throughout the year (including the chance to take the field with Golden Bear athletes for pre-game introductions and ceremonies). Each of the University's 19 sport programs will be offering prizes and special opportunities for GBKC members including leading the Golden Bear Football Team on the field, an opportunity to attend practice and sit on the bench during a game with Golden Bear Basketball programs, the chance to serve as a bat boy or girl and be a Jr. Assistant Coach for the Day with the lacrosse programs. The Golden Bear Kids Club members will have many opportunities to have special access to varsity athletes, coaches and athletic staff including an insiders' tour led by Golden Bear Team Captains.

Members also have access to an educational eNewsletter that enables fans to follow their favorite athletes and find out about club happenings and learn more about varsity athletics. University coaching staff, student-athletes, sports medicine specialists and strength and conditioning experts will all serve as guest columnists. 

The Golden Bear Kids Club is a joint project of the Western New England Athletic Department, Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and the Sport Management Student Association. Children and families may register at Homecoming on Saturday, September 24th in the Golden Bear Athletics Tent.  Registration forms will also be available after Homecoming Weekend in the Western New England University Athletic Office daily from 9-4.  Annual membership is $25 for the first child and $20 for additional children.

For more information, contact Western New England Athletics by phone (413-782-1202) or email (jennifer.kolins@wne.edu).