Close to 1,300 Attend Marquette Athletics Backyard BBQ
June 27, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Around 1,300 people attended the Marquette Athletics Backyard BBQ, hosted by Buzz Williams at the Central Mall on Marquette's campus Wednesday evening. The event, in its sixth year, was attended by fans of all ages and included activity areas with various MU student-athletes and food provided by Bubb's BBQ.
Early afternoon clouds gave way to evening sun as the event rolled towards the men's basketball BIG EAST Championship/Elite Eight ring presentation by head coach Buzz Williams. Steve "The Homer" True welcomed the crowd a little after 7 p.m. before Williams took the stage to first introduce head coaches from Marquette's other athletic programs.
Williams, who has guided the men's basketball team to NCAA Championship appearances during all five years of his tenure, described the tremendous recent success of MU's other athletic programs in attendance. He specifically cited the combined BIG EAST record of 56-9-2 and five NCAA tournament trips for the men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball programs over the past two campaigns.
Williams then handed out the rings to his staff and players before the evening wrapped up around 8 p.m.
In addition to the men's basketball team, student-athletes from track and field, both tennis and soccer teams, men's golf, men's lacrosse and women's volleyball set up activities for younger fans around the Central Mall. Redshirt junior Ben Dvorak of the men's lacrosse team even manned a dunk tank near Lalumiere Hall to raise money for the Blue and Gold Scholarship Fund.
Prior to the BBQ, men's basketball held a reception for former players at the Al McGuire Center. Former Marquette stars Rube Schulz, George Thompson, Earl Tatum, Bo Ellis, Lloyd Walton, Jerel McNeal and others were in attendance, while current Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler made an appearance at the BBQ.