PHILADELPHIA (10/11/03) - When the clock strikes midnight on Friday evening, October 17, the highly anticipated 2003-04 Saint Joseph's men's and women's basketball seasons will be underway. The Hawks will tip-off the year with the annual "Midnight Madness" celebration at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse with free admission for all. The festivities begin at 9:30 p.m. in the Fieldhouse with giveaways, carnival-type games and contests for students. A Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby will take place at 10:20 p.m. featuring Saint Joseph's men's basketball players and members of the Naamans Little League All-Stars of Delaware, who gained notoriety this summer for their run in the 2003 Little League World Series. Comcast SportsNet's Dei Lynam, radio and televsion personality Howard Eskin, WIP's Rhea Hughes and WMMR's Mike Missanelli are among the local celebrities scheduled to participate, while the new "voice" of the Hawks, Tom McCarthy, will host the festivities. The special guests will take part in a foul-shooting competition and assist in picking the winners of other student contests. Other student events include the "Win Phil's Money" shooting contest and the "Phil Martelli Look-Alike" contest. The list of prizes for contest winners include Spring Break airline tickets; a trip to the SJU-Gonzaga game; a West Coast trip for two; SJU season tickets; roundtrip airline tickets; the chance to win a Ford Mustang; and the chance to win $25,000. At midnight, the members of the 2003-04 Saint Joseph's men's and women's basketball teams will be introduced for the first time. The Hawks' men's and women's teams begin official practices on Saturday, October 18. The Saint Joseph's men's team, led by National Player of the Year candidate Jameer Nelson, is ranked in the Preseason Top 25 by numerous publications. The Hawks' women's team earned a ranking of 24th by Street & Smith's Basketball.
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