The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's and women's basketball team will be holding the annual Islander Invasion event to introduce the 2009-10 teams to the public this Saturday, October 17 at 6 PM in the Dugan Wellness Center.

There will be a tailgate prior to the start of the event through the combined efforts of the Alumni Association, the Marketing and Communications Department and the TAMUCC Athletic Department. Arthur Haas will be heading up the tailgating effort on the Athletic Department side while Assistant Vice President Marshall Collins of Marketing and Communications and Lee White of the Alumni Association help organize the event on their end. It will start at 4 PM and will run until 5:30 PM when fans will be asked to enter the wellness center to enjoy the on-court action.

The event will start with a welcome by the event emcee and be followed by opening remarks by the university president, Dr. Flavius Killebrew. The introduction of the cheer and dance teams along with Izzy the Islander comes next before a joint performance by the groups.

"We're excited about the beginning of practice and I really love Islander Invasion," said men's head coach Perry Clark. "It gets our guys excited that the students come out and cheer for them."

The two basketball teams will then be introduced and warm-up before the action begins. They will start it off with the Men's team going against the Women's team in a three-point shootout. Coach Robert Robinson will then speak to the crowd while his team warms up again for the 10 minute scrimmage to follow.

"It is an exciting event for our fans to be able to take a look at the team for the first time, said women's head coach Robert Robinson. "We have a lot of depth as a junior and senior oriented team with a good group of newcomers added to the mix."

After another performance by the dance team, Coach Perry Clark will speak to the fans as his team readies for their time on the court. The men's scrimmage will be followed by announcements and thanks to all of the fans for coming out to support their Islander teams.

"It is a nice way to kick off the year," said Clark. "It's great to see the students come out and be a part of it."

The first 400 fans to enter the building will receive free Islander Invasion shirts while all fans will have the chance to win an iPod Nano.

All students and fans are encouraged to come out on the weekend to help start the year off right for the two teams who come into the year looking to compete for a Southland Conference championship.

"It is a great thing for the students on campus," said Robinson. "We get a chance to play two games on campus this year so that should be exciting for the players as well."