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Thresher basketball will break in new gym floor at Jan. 11 home game

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College invites the public to come see the brand-new Thresher Gym floor with some special features at the Jan. 11 varsity basketball games.

Bethel’s first home game of 2014 will see the women tip off at 5 p.m. and the men at 7 p.m. against the University of Saint Mary.

It’s also the first game played on the new floor, replaced in December following significant flood damage incurred last July.

Anyone wearing Bethel College attire will get free admission to the Jan. 11 game. In addition, the first 75 people in the door dressed in Bethel gear will get a free hot dog.

There will also be a T-shirt giveaway during the game.

One new element in the floor’s design, a nod to the history and tradition of Bethel athletics, is a watermark of a threshing stone at center court. Also, building on existing Bethel branding, the athletic font has been changed from lowercase to uppercase.

The emphasized colors are the Bethel maroon and gray, with yellow incorporated through the volleyball lines. These lines now take precedence on the court to acknowledge new volleyball rules and their enforcement by officials, which dictate continuous lines.

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the 2013-14 Forbes.com analysis of premier colleges and universities in the United States and ranks in the top five “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2013-14. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

In sports, Bethel competes within the 10-school Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the NAIA. For more information, see www.bethelthreshers.com.