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Teaneck, FDU Forge Closer Ties Around Sports

The FDU men's basketball team improved to 3-1 in the NEC with a 92-73 win over Central Connecticut Saturday January 16 at Stratis Arena in the Rothman Center.
The FDU men's basketball team improved to 3-1 in the NEC with a 92-73 win over Central Connecticut Saturday January 16 at Stratis Arena in the Rothman Center. Video Credit: fduknightsathletics
Naomi Hines is FDU featured women's track and field athlete at www.fduknights.com.
Naomi Hines is FDU featured women's track and field athlete at www.fduknights.com. Photo Credit: Fairleigh Dickinson Athletic Department
Mike Holloway is FDU men's basketball featured athlete. Check out Holloway at www.fduknights.com.
Mike Holloway is FDU men's basketball featured athlete. Check out Holloway at www.fduknights.com. Photo Credit: Fairleigh Dickinson Athletic Department

TEANECK, N.J. -- A quiet movement to make Teaneck "a college town" and develop better relations between the community and Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) is about to get louder — via a basketball game.

Fairleigh Dickinson, 5-2 in the Northeast Conference, is inviting all Teaneck residents to attend its game against Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania for free on Sat., Feb. 13.

The program started about a year ago, when he was invited to a meeting of the Township Council’s Senior Advisory Committee, Athletic Director David A. Langford said.

“Mickey Shalann, one of the committee members, asked me 'Why isn’t Teaneck a college town?," Langford said. "And I couldn’t give her an immediate answer."

The committee members said FDU doesn’t relate to the community, and vice versa. They thought better relationships would be an asset to the town.

Langford agreed. He also knew the major media in Bergen County don’t cover FDU sports, they don’t even report the scores. FDU can’t expect to see any ink, he said, unless they get into post-season play.

So he introduced the committee members to the FDU athletic department web site: www.fduknights.com.

“The web site is very robust,” he said. “It’s updated daily, and you can watch games in all 19 sports the university participates in live.”

But recognizing that many seniors just aren’t at ease with computers, he wanted to reach out further. That’s how the free game came to be.

Tickets for other FDU events are $10, $7 AND $5, depending on seating -- or in other words, less than the price of a movie.

Rothman Center is at 140 University Plaza Drive, Hackensack.

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