The Xavier Kids Club offers Musketeer fans in the eighth grade or younger an opportunity to enjoy various athletic and special events. Through the Kids Club, members become involved in the excitement of Xavier and receive a number of benefits, including: a Xavier Kids Club T-shirt; a membership card and certificate; a quarterly newsletter; posters and schedule cards; free admission to soccer games, volleyball games, womens basketball games, baseball games and select mens basketball games; pizza parties at select games and a birthday card from DArtagnan and the Blue Blob. Cost is $20 per membership. Registration forms are available at athletics.xu.edu/kids_form.htm.
Another way children can be involved in Xavier athletics is through the Musketeers Reading Program. The program, a joint effort between the department of athletics and TIAA-CREF, aims to encourage reading throughout the summer.
To participate in the first annual Musketeer Reading Program, children should read 10 books and complete the back of the reading program bookmark, which must be verified with a supervising adult's signature. Bookmarks must be returned by Monday, Sept. 1.
Participants who return completed bookmarks receive a Xavier/TIAA-CREF school supply kit and a program card for free admission to regular season 2003-04 athletic contests for soccer, volleyball, baseball and women's basketball teams.
To receive bookmarks, contact Lori Beckman at 513 745-3388. For additional information, visit www.xavier.edu/athletics or call 513 745-3378.
Benefits also are available for local adult Musketeer fans through Xavier gold cards, which are good for 10 adult admissions at half price and can be used at any home event on campus except men's basketball games. Gold cards cost $25.