87ers, Goldey-Beacom College Announce Partnership

87ers, Goldey-Beacom College Announce Partnership
February 18 14:23 2016 Print This Article

President Dr. Gary L. Wirt, Executive Vice President Kristine Santomauro to be recognized on-court

WILMINGTON, DE – February 18, 2016 – The Delaware 87ers today announced a partnership with Goldey-Beacom College, highlighted by an on-court recognition of Goldey-Beacom President Dr. Gary L. Wirt, and Executive Vice President Kristine Santomauro.

The recognition will take place on Friday, February 19, when the 87ers host the Maine Red Claws – tip is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center. In collaboration, Goldey-Beacom will have exposure and branding at all 87ers home games, in addition to digital branding on the team’s official website, while the 87ers will gain access to the college’s athletic facilities for practice. The College will also have the opportunity to engage 87ers fans in a variety of ways at select Sevens’ games.

Wirt has served as the President of Goldey-Beacom College since May 2015, but has been at the school since 1988. He has a doctorate in Psychology, and completed studies at University of Sarasota, Washington College and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He also serves as an elected Commissioner on the Commission on Higher Education, the accrediting body for colleges and universities. A Delaware native, Dr. Wirt is a resident of historic Old New Castle.

Santomauro was elevated to her role as Executive Vice President in July 2015, but has been working at Goldey-Beacom in some capacity since 1988. She earned her B.S. in Accounting with Honors from Goldey-Beacom in 1988, an M.S. in Accounting in 2002 and in 2011 was inducted into Goldey-Beacom’s Distinguished Alumni Gallery. In her current role, Santomauro oversees the College’s finances, human resources, information technology, communications, Campus Store, physical plant, financial aid and enrollment management.

About the Delaware 87ers

The Delaware 87ers of the National Basketball Association Development League (NBADL) were relocated to America’s first state in 2013 and named to commemorate the year in which Delaware ratified the U.S. Constitution, 1787. The Sevens are the NBADL affiliate of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and are owned by the Sixers. The 87ers play at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, DE.

 About the NBA Development League

The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 19 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2015-16 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 26 percent of all NBA players at the start of the 2014-15 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.