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Youth basketball campers love the game

June 06, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Theresa Smith Photos by David Kadlubowski  GCU News Bureau The ball is hoisted by the 6-year-old to the sure-handed 6-foot-7 athlete who playfully dekes the duo of pint-sized campers earnestly trying to guard him. It is a moment among millions at the individual youth session of the Dan Majerle boy’s basketball camp, and it symbolizes the cycle of the Grand Canyon University men’s basketball program. The hustling youngsters improve their skills, connect with the coaches — student-athletes and coaching staff of the 2018-19 men’s basketball team — develop an interest in and love for Lopes basketball, and become fans of the program, if not future members of the team. Exhibit A: the five friends, including two sets of brothers laughing and learning on Tuesday morning at the Lopes Performance Center. Lesson No. 1, according to Ashton Hollenberg, “Do not be a ball hog. Do not shoot if you’re not open.’’ His friend, Evan Engstrom, expressed a similar sentiment. “I’ve learned how to be a good teammate,’’ said Engstrom. “Coach is basically teaching everyone how to be a good teammate and how to share the ball.’’ Brothers T.J. Lyons and Connor Lyons are digging the shooting drills. “It feels […]

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Summertime drill: Youth hoop camps begin

June 01, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Dan Majerle remembers his first basketball camp: “I want to pass that same valuable experience along to more kids who love the game like me.” Youth will get that experience at the Dan Majerle Boys Basketball Camps, the first of which begins Monday.

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Slideshow: Lopey Olympics

May 22, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by David Kadlubowski GCU News Bureau Lopey Olympics is an employee event that Athletics stages annually for its employees and associated co-workers from other departments. They competed in Ultimate Frisbee, Continuous Volleyball, Human Foosball, Dodgeball and Knockout. The tiebreaker was the 8 X 50 Speedwalk Relay. Team Orange was the winner.      

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GCU Volunteer Fair a ‘matchmaking opportunity’

May 17, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

“I wanted to pay it back,” GCU Enrollment supervisor Michael Rodriguez said at the GCU Volunteer Fair on Wednesday at the 27th Avenue office building as he signed up at the Big Brothers Big Sisters booth. Rodriguez himself was paired with a Big Brother when he was a kid. BBBS was just one of the 20 GCU-supported nonprofits employees were able to connect with at the fair, an event GCU Community Outreach Manager Debbie Accomazzo calls a “matchmaking opportunity.”

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2017-18 GCU Year in Review: The top 10 stories

May 03, 2018 / by / 2 Comments

The top 10 stories of the academic year at Grand Canyon University begin with a no-doubter — the University’s non-profit application being approved by the Higher Learning Commission. But there was a lot of other big news, and then there was the development that peopled just loved.

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Graduate’s best-case scenario: Help society’s worst

April 26, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Among the graduates Thursday night at Grand Canyon University spring commencement was Bianca Boling, one of the top players on the softball team but, even more important, a top performer in the Honors College. Her uncommon goal: She wants to become a forensic psychologist and study the behavior of serial killers and rapists.

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Game-changer: Garrison again is aiming to score big

March 21, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

Jerome Garrison is one of the top basketball players in Grand Canyon University history, but he’s scoring some far more important points through his work as the athletic director at Imagine Avondale. He wants to build a gymnasium there.

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Slideshow: Men’s basketball team loses to Mercer in CBI

March 15, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau The Grand Canyon University men’s basketball team’s season ended with a 78-73 loss to Mercer on Wednesday in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational.  

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Slideshow: GCU loses to New Mexico State in WAC Tournament final

March 12, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Travis Neely GCU News Bureau The Grand Canyon University men’s basketball team lost to New Mexico State 72-58 in the final of the WAC Tournament on Saturday night in Las Vegas.      

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Slideshow: Men defeat Missouri-Kansas City in WAC Tournament

March 09, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Travis Neely GCU News Bureau In its first game ever in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament, the Grand Canyon University men’s basketball team rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat Missouri-Kansas City 77-74 Thursday afternoon at Las Vegas.  

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