Rocket Roundball Social to take place Oct. 17

October 8, 2013 | Events, UToday
By Steve Easton

Rocket Roundball SocialFormer college basketball coach and current ESPN game/studio analyst Fran Fraschilla will be the guest speaker for UT’s annual Rocket Roundball Social Thursday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the main floor of Savage Arena.

University President Lloyd Jacobs and his wife, Ola, are hosting the event, and all proceeds will go to the UT Men’s Basketball Progress Fund.

The Rocket Roundball Social offers individuals the opportunity to meet Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk, his staff and players while sampling food from some of Toledo’s finest restaurants.

A silent and live auction also will be held during the evening. Some of the items up for purchase include a road trip with the Rockets, an all-access program pass for a game, Toledo basketball apparel and assorted memorabilia.

Fraschilla joined ESPN as a college basketball game and studio analyst in 2003. In addition to men’s college basketball, Fraschilla has been an analyst on ESPN’s NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship coverage since 2007 and is a regular on ESPN and ESPNU studio shows.

He posted an overall record of 175-100 with his teams making eight post-season appearances in nine years, including three NCAA Tournaments (1993, 1995 and 1998).

Advance ticket options include individual tickets for $75 and reserved table of 10 for $1,000.

Payment can be made with cash, credit card or check. Checks should be made payable to the UT Foundation.

Reserve tickets by Tuesday, Oct. 15, by email at or phone 419.530.7739.

Kowalczyk is entering his fourth season at UT’s helm and has orchestrated a dramatic turnaround since his arrival in 2010. UT registered the second-largest turnaround in NCAA Division I Basketball in 2011-12 with a 19-17 win-loss mark and followed that up by sharing the Mid-American Conference West Division title with Western Michigan last season.

The Rockets return four starters from last year’s squad, including all-conference guards Rian Pearson and Julius Brown, as well as MAC All-Freshman Team member Nathan Boothe.

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