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Story contributed by: Angie Fontanilla
Affiliation with GMU: alumni
Contributed on: 7 April 2006

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What single moment stands out to you the most from the 2005-06 season?
Watching Mason win and advance to the Final Four

Tell about your experiences during the Kryptonite Kids' magical run through the tournament:
GMU has always been a very important part of my life. My husband and I met at Mason 17 years ago. We watched the Patriots and cheered them on all the home games during our college years. Every year we always keep an eye for Mason's team to make it to te NCAA. We've been watching this year's NCAA tournament with our close friends from college since it started. 8 families took turns hosting basketball parties to watch Mason play during this tournament. All 15 children (from the 8 families), ranging from ages 8 to 1, were fully aware of our fanatic behavior. We even had them cheering ("if we say George...you say Mason...). On the Friday before the Final Four game, my son's preschool class made a GMU banner for us. My first grader did not want to be outdone and did a bigger banner at home. There were lots of cheers, laughter, and some tears (mostly from us women). It was like going back in time...going back to the good ole days in college. We loved every moment of it...and would do it all over again. The kids are now asking when the next basketball game will be. We are proud to be Mason alumni.

What do you think this moment means for George Mason University?
This brings the "long overdue" recognition and prestige that Mason deserves.

Cite as:

Angie Fontanilla, Object #156, George Mason University Digital Memory Bank, 7 April 2006, <http://hoops.gmu.edu/detail_story.php?id=156>

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