Although a date has not yet been set, the University of Memphis men’s basketball team will have a 2015-16 preseason Fan Appreciation Day instead of a Midnight Madness-style event.
Coach Josh Pastner confirmed the switch after the Wednesday, Aug. 19, press conference in which university officials announced the start of the public phase of a $40 million capital campaign for new football and men’s basketball practice facilities.
“It’s not that we’re not having Memphis Madness,” Pastner told reporters. “We’re not having a Memphis Madness as it has been in my past six years as a head coach. What we’re doing is having a Fan Appreciation Day, a fan fest.”
Pastner said the event would allow fans to have more interaction with players and a better chance to get autographs. Going away from the Midnight Madness-style event had been widely speculated in media due to a concern that turnout would be low after a disappointing 2014-15 season and the recent transfer of hometown recruit and leading scorer Austin Nichols to Virginia.
Asked if a potentially higher-profile event such as Memphis Madness was needed to stir enthusiasm, Pastner said: “I don’t think we need any rah-rah. What we need is to go get the job done on the floor. And that’s what Tiger Nation wants.”
– Don Wade
Not that it was a secret Memphis is home to plenty of generous people, but something to note:
High Point Pub sponsored a benefit a few days ago for Officer Sean Bolton, the Memphis Police Officer killed in the line of duty earlier this month, that ended up raising more than $6,500.
The eatery said all tips and a percentage of the night’s sales would go into a Sean Bolton Fund, and customers were encouraged to stop by and give whatever they could.
Thanks to an anonymous donor who matched the donations the pub received, the total came to $6,557.
It would seem that Chiwawa, the Overton Square restaurant at 2059 Madison Ave. that opened in 2013, is closed and in the midst of a transition.
A sign posted on the door as of Monday afternoon said the business is undergoing repairs. Chiwawa owner Daniel Flanagan told at least one news outlet Monday it will reopen featuring a new concept that would be announced in the near future.
He did not return phone calls immediately, but according to one Chiwawa employee, the closure was effective immediately.
The Memphis Grizzlies have announced their 2015 preseason schedule, including exhibition contests against three of the four teams that advanced to this past season’s conference finals. The Grizzlies will play a total of seven preseason games.
Memphis will tip-off preseason action at FedExForum against the Houston Rockets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The Grizzlies will host three additional preseason games against Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Basketball Super League (Thursday, Oct. 8), the Oklahoma City Thunder (Friday, Oct. 16) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (Sunday, Oct. 18).
The Grizzlies also will travel to point guard Mike Conley’s alma mater in Columbus, Ohio, to play the Cleveland Cavaliers (Monday, Oct. 12) at Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University.
They also have road preseason contests against the Atlanta Hawks (Wednesday, Oct. 21) and Orlando Magic (Friday, Oct. 23).
Single game tickets for all Grizzlies preseason and regular season home games will go on sale at a later date to be announced. Tickets for these contests will be available for purchase by calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX, at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com, the FedExForum box office or grizzlies.com.
– Don Wade
Regional One Health has re-opened Harbor of Health in Harbor Town.
According to Regional One Health senior vice president of ambulatory services, the reopening of the clinic – at 718 Harbor Bend Road – comes “with a new framework for service delivery.”
“From the personalities and expertise of the providers to the business operations of the practice, we are creating a health care experience focusing on the needs and priorities of our patients,” she said in a statement about the opening.
The clinic provides primary care services, including pediatrics, and it’s currently staffed by a nurse practitioner, Tamika Bolden, with additional providers including a certified nurse mid-wife to come on board in the future.
Harbor of Health currently offers extended hours to fit the busy schedules of patients, including 7 a.m. appointments and same-day appointments. As new providers join the group, extended hours including night and weekend appointments will also be available.