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Finlandia Fan Appreciation Week Feb. 16-20

HANCOCK, MI - Bring your friends and family to Finlandia University Fan Appreciation Week, February 16 to 20, and wear your blue and white to support Finlandia athletics!

Lion at HeikinpaivaThe exciting week of Division III athletics includes drawings and contests to win Finlandia apparel, as well as opportunities to win prizes and gift certificates from many Hancock businesses.

Presented in tandem with Finlandia Homecoming 2010, Fan Appreciation Week begins Tuesday, February 16, at 5:30 p.m. as the women's basketball team takes on St. Norbert College at the Paavo Nurmi Center gymnasium. Drawings for a Finlandia basketball t-shirt and a gift certificate, as well as a halftime free-throw contest and a frozen t-shirt contest will take place Tuesday evening.

On Thursday, February 18, at 7:30 p.m., the Finlandia men's basketball team will face local rival Gogebic Community College at the Paavo Nurmi Center. The first 12 fans to arrive at the game will receive a Cousins sub sandwich coupon, and the fan who wears the best blue and white outfit will win a prize. At halftime, the 2010 Homecoming court will be announced and a basketball bat spin-off contest will be held.

On Friday, February 19, at 7:15 p.m., the Finlandia men's hockey team will face Lawrence University. Lions fan will gather for a tailgating party before the game at Houghton County Arena, Hancock, and during the first intermission a chuck-a-puck contest will benefit the Copper Country Humane Society.  Youth will have the opportunity skate with Finlandia men's and women's hockey players and meet the Finlandia Lion mascot. The youth who wears the best blue and white outfit to the game will be awarded a prize. Throughout the game hockey trivia questions will be asked and answered.

On Saturday, February 20, at 7:15 p.m., the Finlandia women's hockey team will play the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at the Houghton County Arena. Drawings to win a Finlandia hockey t-shirt and a  gift certificate will be held, and during the first and second intermissions two rounds of "Hockey Net Spectacular" contests will take place. Throughout the game hockey trivia questions will be asked and answered.

Finlandia Fan Appreciation Week is sponsored by Superior Video, Peterson's Fish Market, Kaleva Café, Kukkakauppa Flower Shop, Copper Island Beach Club, Bruno's Motors, Cousins Subs, The Waterfront Restaurant, Gemignani's Italian Restaurant, and Pat's Foods, all of Hancock.

For additional information, please contact Kate Hagenbuch, academic coordinator and cross country coach, at 906-487-7287.