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July 11, 2013

Second annual Derby Night to be held on Aug. 17

Proceeds to benefit Cleveland State women’s athletic funds

By Ronnie Holman

Cleveland State will host its second annual Viking Derby Night at the Races on Aug. 17. The athletic department will hold the event in the Student Center ballroom. Proceeds will benefit the women’s athletic fund.

Sponsors for the event are Huntington Bank, Northwestern Mutual and Nexus Academy.
The event starts at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails, and will be followed by a buffet dinner at 7:00 p.m. At 8:00 p.m. the races will begin, and at 10:00 p.m. there will be music and dancing.

Viking Derby-2012Viking Derby Night at the Races, also known as “A Night at the Races,” is an event where you get the chance to name and bet on a horse through the video horse racing. If your horse wins, you win cash money. Also, people with tickets get to meet the student athletes and coaches. Each women’s team is represented at the event.

Kate Peterson, head women’s basketball coach, is optimistic that the event will be just as successful as it was last year. About 300 people attended the first annual Viking Derby Night. This year that number is expected to grow.

“The event was successful last year while 300 people attended; our goal is 350 attendees this year,” Peterson said. “We would take a million people if we could.”

Funding from the event gives Cleveland State women’s athletics an opportunity to be successful for competition and after competition. The funds are used for numerous things. The coaches and administrators for women’s athletics come together and decide what is needed for the athletes to be the best representation of Cleveland State women’s athletics.

“This is a very necessary thing we have to do as far as raising money in order to stay competitive with the other programs in the Horizon League,” Peterson said. “Every program has support, and the programs with the greatest amount of support and the greatest amount of dollars for their women’s athletics seem to do the best as far as success for the university.”

Some teams may have an advantage in when and where they can start their training. The softball team can’t train here in Feb. or March; they have to take a spring trip to a warmer climate in order to start training. These funds come in handy.

“The softball team is competing against teams in a warmer climate,” Peterson said. “So I would say, along with some of the other coaches, the money goes to forward our programs to be as successful as possible.”

Tickets are $30 if purchased before Aug. 1 and $35 at the door. There are tables available for parties of eight or more for $210 before Aug. 1 and $240 on or after Aug. 1.

Naming a horse that will be running in the race costs $20. The name for your horse and your payment must be submitted by Aug. 1.

Student athletes will be at the event to greet everyone that attends. This is an opportunity to get to know some of the best women athletes in the Horizon League and Cleveland State.