Wichita shows Shocker pride on Friday

Fans watch Wichita State during practice for their NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game against Louisville, Friday, April 5, 2013, in Atlanta. Wichita State plays Louisville in a semifinal game on Saturday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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WICHITA, Kansas– Wichita was a sea of black and gold with Shocker mania everywhere on Friday.

Many local businesses  like Fidelity Bank, allowed employees to dress down to pump up the Wichita State excitement and support.

“By supporting the Shockers, and by supporting Coach Marshall, the kids and everything, we think its all about what’s better for Wichita and so we’re just kind of showing a little enthusiasm in that,” said Al Sanchez,  Fidelity Bank Marketing Vice-President.

Several churches and  organizations across the city, are modifying their Saturday events to promote Shocker pride.

Central Christian Church on Rock Road,  is holding their Saturday evening service a couple of hours earlier and following it with a WSU watch party.

“It hasn’t happened since 1965, and mid-majors don’t make it to the final four very often. It’s a major part of our city, so we want to be a part of that as well,” said David Welsh, Central Christian Church senior pastor.

Diane Tinker’s organization, The Juvenile Diabetes Research foundation is using the big game versus Louisville as a win-win situation for her fundraiser.

“We are the worlds leader in funding research to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes and tomorrow night during the big game we will be holding our first annual silent auction for the cure. And we’ll be showing the game, streaming the game live because you have to watch the game tomorrow night,” said Tinker.

Millions will be watching the game, especially those in Wichita.

“It’s a fever, it’s contagious, and we’re all excited for the Shockers,” explained Welsh.

The WSU vs. Louisville game tip off is at 5:09 p.m.

Saturday night will have plenty of watch parties including:

-Wichita State Alumni Association @ Fox & Hound Pub and Grille, located in Waterfront.

-Central Christian Church on 29th and Rock Road following their 3:33 p.m. service.

– The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Auction @ Hickory Creek Club House (1238  Hickory Creek). The auction will have the game streaming live during the fundraiser.

-Larry Bud’s on North Woodlawn Street will have a patio party and outdoor big screen televisions starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.


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