Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Frosh-Soph Dinner Recap

Frosh-Soph Dinner Recap

A very enthusiastic Rebounders group greeted our seven frosh-soph players and three coaches at Wednesday's players' dinner held at San Jose's Bold Knight Bistro. After meeting for adult beverages by the newly installed fireplace in the upstairs lounge, the group adjourned to the cozy downstairs wine cellar for dinner and the program.

After a delicious dinner of salad, pasta and garlic chicken, the players were subjected to a interview form detailing their name, position, number, home town and college major. Additional questions focused on what is the most difficult away venue, what is a typical SJSU day for them, and what is their favorite thing about SJSU. The "bonus" question asked each player the name of their roommate and to share a funny story about them. Both Joe Henson and redshirt freshman DJ Brown were mentioned as having the most interesting sleeping habits; Joe for his ability to snore so loudly as to be heard through solid walls, and BJ for his sudden zombie-like awakenings in which he bolts straight upward from a seemingly dead slumber! Aalim Moor definitely was the team comic, detailing Joe Henson's ability to wake not only the dead but his SJSU teammates as well!

Many thanks to our generous sponsors including:

* Anne and John Hopkirk
* Jerry Hukee
* Rich Hemmerling and Marj Mancuso
* Don Funk
* Gayle Kludt
* Donna and Gordon Rooney
* Audrey Unruh
* Dave and Cherie Donahue
* Tony Robinson
* James LeCompte

Of course generosity has its rewards and so the following Rebounders won our sponsors' raffle:

* Don Funk won the SJSU Ping sweatshirt,
* Tony Robinson won the autographed SJSU tee,
* Rich Hemmerling won the SJSU carry-on and,
* Marj Mancuso won the team autographed ball.

We hope you all can join us February 8th as we all welcome our juniors and seniors to our next players' dinner, same time, same venue. We will have the chance to express our appreciation for seniors Justin Graham and Adrian Oliver and offer our best wishes to our current juniors and soon to be upcoming seniors for 2012!

A reminder, we are still looking for TV sponsors as SJSU basketball needs a new flat screen to help with recruiting and team preparation. This has been identified as the number one need by the basketball staff. If you can help, please contact Gayle Kludt at 408 531-1063 or

So mark those calendars and save the date, February 8th, to join us for the next players' dinner; meeting these fine young men will not only make you happy to be a Spartan but even happier to know them.

Please come!

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