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Celebrate Grizzly Athletics at the Grizzlies Gala


Grizzly fans far and wide will want to make plans to attend Missouri State University-West Plains’ (MSU-WP) Grizzlies Gala: Promoting Excellence in Athletics April 8.

The event will celebrate the successes of the 2021-2022 athletics season and look forward to new goals to accomplish during the 2022-2023 season, organizers said.

“Our sporting season is long, and I am so pleased with how our Grizzlies collectively managed their hectic schedules,” MSU-WP Chancellor Dennis Lancaster said. “I am looking forward to greeting our friends and fans during the gala.”

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a catered meal and auction in the West Plains Civic Center exhibit hall.

At 8 p.m., season reviews and updates from the Grizzly Basketball, Volleyball and Cheer Teams, as well as an awards ceremony and special announcements, will take place in the civic center theater.

“Our team worked hard this year, and we’re so grateful for the community support we receive,” said Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Jared Phay.

“We had a tremendous season this past year, and it doesn’t happen without the support we receive from the community and our fans,” said Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann. “We have the best fans, and the support we receive is absolutely vital to our success. We have so much appreciation for all the love shown to our program.”

Tickets are $65 each, or a table of six can be reserved for $400. Proceeds will go toward scholarships and other program needs, organizers said.

To purchase tickets, visit WP.MissouriState.edu/GrizzliesGala or call 417-255-7923.

“We invite community members to come and have some fun with our Grizzly family,” Grizzly Squad President Joyce James said. “MSU-WP and Grizzly Athletics plays an integral role in our community, and what they provide to this region is phenomenal.”

For more information about the event, call 417-255-7923.


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