FORT MYERS, Fla. – The largest pep rally of the year, Eagle Revolution, will be held in Alico Arena on Monday, August 22, with doors opening at 6:30 PM. The event, hosted by FGCU Athletics and the Week of Welcome Committee, provides a concert atmosphere, free food, and DJ MDOT of the Miami Heat.
“Eagle Revolution is my favorite event of the year besides the opening day of baseball season. The students’ excitement in Alico Arena for Eagle Revolution is electric,” said head baseball coach David Tollett.
Dirty Birds are featured guests as well as all current students, fans, faculty and staff are invited the event. At Eagle Revolution, Dirty Birds pick up the first shirt of their official two-shirt fan pack and are welcomed early to partake in VIP food in the Hillmeyer-Tremont Suite provided by locally owed Jersey Mike’s. Free post-event food will be provided by 3 Pepper Burrito, Culver’s, Jersey Mike’s, Mission BBQ, Papa John’s, PepsiCo, Skillets and Wally’s Deli.
The Dirty Birds are the official student fan group of FGCU Athletics and the largest student organization on campus with over 1,000 members annually. All 15 athletics teams, coaches, student government officers, senators, RA’s and students attending with hear President Michael V. Martin’s, “Welcome Back” remarks. President Martin then stands with student-athletes, coaches, cheerleaders, E’Gals, Azul and the Dirty Birds for the biggest Wings Up photo of the year. This year’s theme features the official launch for FGCU Athletics TikTok with the event built around trends and music.
Eagle Revolution, now in its 12th year, will also feature special guest Champ Jaxon who is a 12-year-old Punta Gorda native blues-rock singer. He will join DJ MDOT as the duo combine their sounds along with an electric light show. Champ is best known for jamming with Brad Paisley and being a guest on the Ellen DeGeneres show in 2021. Champ Jaxon is introduced at 7 p.m., followed by prizes and giveaways which will be thrown to the crowd by all the coaches and teams throughout the night.
The evening’s grand prizes will be announced by 21-time ASUN Champion women’s basketball head coach Karl Smesko and the new Mayor of Dunk City, men’s basketball head coach Pat Chambers.
“I can’t wait to be in Alico on Monday night for Eagle Revolution. I’ve heard so much about this awesome event for our fans and the Dirty Birds. I’m looking forward to meeting the students, especially the one shooting for the $5,000 toward free FGCU tuition,” said Chambers.
One lucky student will shoot for a Ford Focus from prize sponsor Coconut Point Ford, while another student will shoot for $5,000 free FGCU tuition. All current FGCU students in attendance are eligible to win prizes with the completion of a prize card upon entry to the event.
Additional prizes include TV’s, a Lenovo laptop, beach gear, Amazon gift cards, and many other prizes. You must have a current FGCU student ID to win.
Nearly 800 Dirty Birds have visited joindirtybirds.com and joined the Dirty Bird fan group so far this year. New membership sales and renewals began online in April and continue through the day prior to the event for $15. New membership is available at the event for $20. Only current students can be Dirty Birds and once a member, they can renew each year for $15. The second Dirty Bird shirt is FGCU Basketball themed and will be given out at Hoops and Halloween on Friday, October 14th, during Eagle Family Weekend.
FGCU Athletics’ 15 teams have combined to win 92 regular season and tournament conference titles in just 15 seasons at the Division-I level. Additionally, in just 10 seasons of NCAA Division I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had 45 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships.
Businesses interested in joining as a corporate partner this season are encouraged to contact Senior Assistant AD for Business Development Jeremy Boreland at 239-590-1491 or email@example.com.
For updates and interaction leading up to and during the event, use the hashtags #EagleRev22 and tag @FGCUEagles and @FGCUDirtyBirds. Additionally, FGCU student organizations can reserve seats as well as order Dirty Bird shirts with their organization name by reaching out to Assistant Director of Marketing & Promotions Shane Pellegrine at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.