Aug. 7: '87ers Day'

Delaware 87ers plan special events in Wilmington, Newark


4:30 p.m., Aug. 1, 2013--The Delaware 87ers basketball team, which will play its home games at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center, has announced an “87ers Day” celebration on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Events will include a lunchtime pep rally in Rodney Square in Wilmington and an afternoon parade on Main Street in Newark.

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The 87ers, an affiliate of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, will compete in the National Basketball Association Development League.

Fans throughout the state will be able to participate in the day through social media contests, which will be announced in further detail at the Sevens’ website, the team’s Twitter account and on the team's official Facebook fan page.

“I look forward to interacting with future Sevens fans and season ticket holders during 87ers Day,” said Delaware 87ers President Aaron Moszer. “The series of events will be a great way for residents and businesses in Delaware to grow familiar with our brand, get their hands on team merchandise and have some fun as we tip off what we hope will become an annual tradition throughout the state.”

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has issued a proclamation that Aug. 7 will be “87ers Day,” urging citizens to celebrate the Sevens coming to the state.

“We embrace the 87ers as a new part of Delaware’s sports history and promise a hometown spirit of support as the Sevens build a new basketball legacy here,” said Markell.“We’ll be rooting for them to win every game they play.”

The day’s activities are as follows:

  • 9-9:30 a.m., “Welcome to Work,” at the Joseph R. Biden Jr. Railroad Station, Wilmington.
  • Noon-12:30 p.m., pep rally, Rodney Square, Wilmington.
  • 2 p.m., free Rita’s Water Ice for the first 87 fans, Newark Shopping Center.
  • 2-2:15 p.m., parade, Main Street, Newark, with Mozer, Newark Mayor Vance A. Funk III and Comcast SportsNet’s Malik Rose, along with a fire truck and members of the Sevens street team.
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