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Lynchburg Celebrates Liberty Hoops, Anticipates NCAA Tourneys

March 15, 2013
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Flames fans gather for a pep rally in downtown Lynchburg, Friday afternoon, celebrating Liberty University's Men's and Women's Basketball Team Appreciation Day in honor of both teams clinching NCAA Tournament berths.

A crowd of Flames fans gathered outside the Craddock Terry Hotel in downtown Lynchburg Friday for a pep rally celebration as City Council and the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce congratulated Liberty University's men's and women's basketball teams on their recent Big South Conference championships and bids to the NCAA Tournaments.

In a proclamation by Mayor Michael A. Gillette, read by Vice Mayor Caesar Johnson, March 15, 2013, was announced as Liberty University's Men's and Women's Basketball Team Appreciation Day.

"Whereas both teams have earned tickets to the NCAA Tournament and whereas we are proud of these student athletes and their accomplishments and thank them for bringing March Madness to the City of Lynchburg … we wish the best of luck to the Flames, the Lady Flames, and their coaches, and advisors, and supporters, and cheerleaders, as they travel and compete in the Big Dance," Johnson said.

The news was met with applause and Johnson led the chant, "Go Flames go."

Read the full story at www.Liberty.edu.