Flying with the Phoenix: Valentin's Surprise Ride

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Release: September 07, 2011
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Senior Eric Valentin was given a full scholarship on Tuesday.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Eric Valentin (Orlando, Fla.) had many memorable moments as a walk-on junior on the Green Bay men's basketball team in 2010-11. He broke the Guinness World Record for most halfcourt shots made in a minute. He appeared on ESPN's SportsCenter and Yahoo.com and was interviewed by NBAtv. He was an important spark off the bench in a home win over Houston Baptist.

Tuesday, on the first day of his senior year, Valentin had a moment that topped them all. After the team's first conditioning session of the fall, head coach Brian Wardle surprised Valentin in front of his teammates by offering him the team's last scholarship for the 2011-12 season.

To watch Wardle make the surprise offer to Valentin, click here.

For Valentin, a 5-foot-4 Florida native that transferred to Green Bay prior to last season from Daytona State Community College, it was an emotional moment and a dream realized. For Wardle, it was a statement on what Valentin's hard work and character have meant to the Phoenix program over the past year.

After an afternoon filled with team meetings and a tough conditioning session, the offer was a perfect ending to the first day of classes and basketball activities for the Phoenix.

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Season tickets and Pick-5 plans are currently on sale with the Green Bay Athletics Ticket Office while individual game tickets will go on sale on Oct. 10. For more information or to order tickets, call the ticket office at 920.465.2625.

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Sunday , December 21
Men's Basketball 
at UALR
1:00 PM
Las Vegas, Nev.
 
Monday , December 22
Men's Basketball 
at Bradley/UC Irvine
TBA
Las Vegas, Nev.
 
Saturday , December 27
Men's Basketball 
vs. Georgia State (Cellcom Winter Hat Giveaway)
12:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 | Tickets  
Wednesday, December 31
Men's Basketball 
vs. Chicago State (Wells Fargo New Year's Eve Party)
12:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 | Tickets  
Monday , January 05
Men's Basketball 
vs. Wright State (Fox Communities Credit Union Sunglasses Giveaway)
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 | Tickets  
Friday , January 09
Men's Basketball 
at Milwaukee
8:00 PM
Milwaukee, Wis.
ESPNU  
Sunday , January 11
Men's Basketball 
vs. Youngstown State (Festival Foods Family Game)
TBA
Green Bay, Wis.
 | Tickets  
Thursday , January 15
Men's Basketball 
at Oakland
TBA
Rochester, Mich.
 
Saturday , January 17
Men's Basketball 
at Detroit
12:00 PM
Detroit, Mich.
 
Tuesday , January 20
Men's Basketball 
vs. UIC (Prevea Blackout Youth Jersey Giveaway)
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 | Tickets  
Friday , January 23
Men's Basketball 
vs. Valparaiso (Bud Light Night)
8:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
ESPNU or ESPN3  | Tickets  
Saturday , January 31
Men's Basketball 
at Cleveland State
1:00 PM
Cleveland, Ohio
 
Monday , February 02
Men's Basketball 
at Wright State
6:00 PM
Dayton, Ohio
 
Thursday , February 05
Men's Basketball 
vs. Milwaukee (Prevea Student-Athlete Achievement Night)
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 | Tickets  
Wednesday, February 11
Men's Basketball 
at Youngstown State
6:45 PM
Youngstown, Ohio
 
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