Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

I invite you to join us for a very special occasion in honor of two of the finest student-athletes ever to play basketball for Cleveland State University: Norris Cole and Kailey Klein. The jersey numbers of these former Vikings standouts – No. 30 and No. 23, respectively – will be retired when our men's and women's basketball teams take on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Saturday, February 6, in a hoops doubleheader at the Wolstein Center.

Tip-off for the men's game is at 1 p.m. We'll honor Norris during a pre-game ceremony and Kailey at halftime of the men's game. Tip-off for the women's game is at 3 p.m.

It's not often that we hang a number from the rafters of the Wolstein Center. Norris, who played for the Vikings from 2007 to 2011, is only the third alumnus of our men's basketball program to have his number retired, in good company alongside Franklin Edwards (No. 14) and Ken "Mouse" McFadden (No. 10). Kailey, a Viking from 2006 to 2010, is the first such honoree from our women's basketball program.

Both of them richly deserve this accolade. Norris, who won NBA championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013 and now plays for New Orleans Pelicans, is the CSU men's basketball all-time leader in games played (140) and helped to propel the Vikings into the 2009 NCAA tournament, among other achievements. Kailey is the all-time leading scorer (2,140 points) in the history of CSU women's basketball and led the Vikings to two NCAA Championship appearances.

I encourage you to join me as we welcome Norris and Kailey back to CSU – and bring your families and friends! The first 1,500 fans will receive a Norris Cole bobblehead. During the women's game, 250 Kailey Klein replica jerseys will be tossed out to the crowd. Tickets can be purchased at the Wolstein Center Box Office and the Quicken Loans Arena Box Office, by phone at 216.420.2970 or online at www.csuvikings.com.

Go Vikings!

Ronald M. Berkman

President
Cleveland State University

 

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