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HUNTINGTON – Want the same kind of cushioned seat Coach Tom Herrion – when he sits down -- will have for Saturday's Marshall-UCF basketball game?

Want the chance to meet with Marshall student-athletes from various sports before you get to your Henderson Center seat for Wednesday night's Thundering Herd game against SMU?

You maybe could land both.

The Big Green Scholarship Foundation that funds MU athletic grants and more is pushing to surpass 3,000 members for a third straight year – something that hasn't been achieved before. The fundraising arm of MU athletics is 26 members shy of the magic number.

To help in the effort, the Big Green is offering two courtside tickets for Saturday's Herd-UCF 2 p.m. tipoff to the winner of a "new membership" drawing. Those who join the Big Green by Thursday (Jan. 31) will be entered in the raffle.

A Big Green membership costs as little as $50. 

To assist in the run toward 3,000 members, the Big Green has enlisted MU student-athletes as pregame greeters at Wednesday's 7 p.m. tipoff against SMU.

Athletes will greet fans entering the Henderson Center on Level E for the SMU game. They will be asking fans to join and thanking current members for their support. Current Big Green members can boost the membership drive, too, and get a bonus. Those who refer a non-member friend for signup will receive two priority points per referral.

A signup table will be located on Level E prior to Wednesday night's game, or fans can call 304-696-4661 to join and be entered for the courtside seat drawing.

Herd student-athletes scheduled to greet fans are:

Football – Rakeem Cato, Blake Frohnapfel, Eric Frohnapfel, D.J. Hunter;

Men's soccer -- Jahvon Allison, Logan Powell, Jesus Mafouta, Tyler Atwell, Connor Marino;

Volleyball – Sammie Bane, Sacha Byous-McConnell, Laura Der, Jillian Shemanski, Jaylene Berrien;

Track & field – Molly Miloscia;

Cross country – Adam Frohnapfel;

Women's golf -- Kristyn Morrone, Caitlyn Morrone, Korakot Simsiriwong, Rachel Thompson.

"Never before has the Big Green offered our current members an opportunity to increase their priority point total by simply going out and referring their friends and family," said Travis Epling, MU's Assistant Director of Athletic Development. "This is a wonderful opportunity for our student-athletes to get out and say thank you to our Big Green Members."

A printable donor form is available at the following link:

http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/mars/sports/big-green/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/12-13-membership-form.pdf