By From the Lowell Sun
The UMass Lowell Department of Athletics is holding an online auction spanning five weeks beginning last Friday through Tuesday, May 30 on the university's athletic website www.goriverhawks.com.
The auction is part of UML's Home Court Advantage campaign to renovate Costello Gymnasium, home of the River Hawk basketball and volleyball teams.
More than 150 items opened for bid last Friday. Among the items available are bats and baseballs autographed by players such as Manny Ramirez, Curt Schilling, Jon Papelbon and David Ortiz; memorabilia autographed by New England Patriots, including a helmet signed by more than two dozen players; a brand new 2006 Suzuki Reno; a Disney vacation; as well as tickets to several 2006 Red Sox games.
Items will be added throughout the duration of the auction and donations will also be accepted throughout.
Also part of the Homecourt Advantage program is a brick-buying campaign in which 4-foot-by-8-foot and 8-foot-by-8-foot sized bricks can be purchased to be placed in the gymnasium lobby with personalized inscriptions. For more information, log on to www.goriverhawks.com, the official website of UML athletics.
The entire renovation project will cost approximately $750,000. The facility is also used for the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) each summer; summer camps and other clinics throughout the year; as well as many non-athletic activities.
The renovations will include a new floor, new seating, new sound system as well as new scoreboards and interior painting. Renovations, which have already begun, are expected to be completed by the end of the summer.