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CSU basketball will go international Saturday

February 20, 2013

Everybody's jumping on the CSU men's basketball bandwagon, including our 1,200-plus international students.

Hundreds of CSU's international students have enjoyed Football 101. Saturday, they get their first crack at Basketball 101.CSU is giving 100 international students a chance to hop on the Rams basketball bandwagon, sponsoring the first Basketball 101 – which includes tickets to Saturday’s sold-out CSU-New Mexico game.

Basketball 101, co-sponsored by the Office of International Programs and the Alumni Association, is patterned after Football 101, the popular football education program designed to introduce American football to interested international students – many of whom have never seen a football game.

Learning the game

Like its football counterpart, Basketball 101 will include presentations about how to get the most out of the game experience. Ram Ruckus, the student booster organization, will talk about what it takes to be a Rams fan, and Gary Ozzello, senior associate director of athletics, will talk about basketball history and the basics of the game.

Huge game Saturday

The students and their volunteer sponsors will then walk from the International House to Moby Arena to tour athletic facilities. Following the tour, CAM the Ram will lead the students in the singing of the fight song and provide tips on how to be part of the action when the No. 21 Rams take on the No. 16 New Mexico Lobos in what will be one of the biggest games in recent CSU history.

“Football 101 is one of my favorite events, so I’m glad we’ve added a Basketball 101 for our international students so they can experience some ‘Moby Madness’,” said Ozzello, who teaches international students about football each year. “I’m really looking forward to helping these students enjoy the game and find out what it’s like to be a Ram.”