Simpson University Men’s Basketball Offers VIP Season Packages at Special Event

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Simpson University Men's Basketball VIP Pass

Simpson University Men's Basketball VIP Pass

REDDING, Calif. - A new era of excitement and expectation for Simpson men's basketball launches Saturday, Sept. 9, with a special preview event for Red Hawk fans heading into the 2017-18 season, which will be the inaugural campaign for head coach Todd Franklin.

The VIP Preview event will feature an introduction to the school's new preferred ticket program for VIP fans, appetizers and treats from Outback Steakhouse and Perfect Crust Desserts, a silent auction, a tour of the renovated team locker room, and a meet-and-greet with the Red Hawks, including coaching staff and team members. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the James M. Grant Student Life Center gymnasium on the Simpson campus.

The community is invited to attend this event with free admission.

Among the high-value items included in the silent auction (more items will be added as the events gets nearer):

  • Personalized autographed Garth Brooks guitar
  • NBA Champions Golden State Warriors luxury game experience for two
    • 5-star hotel accommodations
    • Travel to/from Oakland and park in the Warriors team lot
    • Third-row seats behind the GSW bench
    • Meet the players following the game
  • Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer autographed framed USC jersey
  • 3-day, 2-night stay on Lake Shasta houseboat

New this year is the VIP ticket program for Red Hawk fans. The purchase of a 2017-18 VIP fan package includes preferred chair-back seating at all 11 Simpson men's basketball home games, a pregame hospitality room with appetizers and snacks, specialty parking and a VIP entrance to the Grant Center on game day.

Seating for these packages is limited, so attendees should be prepared to purchase their VIP tickets for the upcoming season at the preview event—and bid to take home one of the premium auction items.

The new energy surrounding the program is in part to Franklin being named the head coach last May.

Franklin is a Simpson University alumnus who coached basketball at Liberty Christian High School in Redding for 21 successful seasons. During his tenure, the Patriots earned 10 NSCIF Northern Section championships and 15 conference titles. Franklin compiled a 481-136 record — a win percentage of .780 — with an average of 23 wins per season.

The Redding native played basketball for two years at Simpson from 1991-93 and completed his bachelor’s degree in business management in 2004. He earned a master’s degree in performance enhancement and injury prevention from California University of Pennsylvania in 2009.

In addition to coaching at Liberty Christian, Franklin has also led many talented collegiate players through the EA Sports All-Star Team (2000-2004) and elite-level Adidas individual camps, including the All-American Camp in New York City in 2015 and the Uprising Camp in Chicago in 2014.

The Todd Franklin Basketball Camp has grown from one camper in its inaugural summer of 1996 to more than 300 participants, with camps in three states and Honduras.

Since he started at Simpson this spring, Franklin has signed 11 players to the team, including Jericho Avery, an American River Junior College transfer ranked fourth in the nation and first in California in rebounding.

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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