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2024 Gardner-Webb Football Kickoff Dinner Set for July 27

A collage featuring pictures of the 2003 and 2023 football champions
On the left, the 2003 football team celebrates its championship. The 2023 championship celebration is on the right.

Bulldog Club and Football Program Welcome Head Coach Cris Reisert, Recognize Senior Players and Celebrate 2002-’03 Championship Teams

Head Football Coach Cris Reisert, left, with GWU
President Dr. William M. Downs

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Gardner-Webb University Football is preparing to launch its 2024 season with a celebration linking the past, present and future. Along with the Bulldog Club, the football program will host the Second Annual Football Kickoff Dinner at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 27.

“To kick-off our 2024 season, please join us as we celebrate our current team, in addition to the Big South-winning 2002 and 2003 GW football teams,” New Head Coach Cris Reisert urged. “Both of those teams have played a huge role in building Gardner-Webb football into what it is today.”

The event will be held in the Frank and Flossie Bonner Team Room at Spangler Stadium, 116 Bulldog Circle. Tickets are $40 for individuals, $70 for couples, and $10 for children 12 and younger.

The featured speakers are Reisert and GWU President Dr. William M. Downs.

The evening will recognize the Football Program’s:

  • Future — Reisert and his coaching staff.
  • Present — The team’s senior players and back-to-back Big South championships in 2022 and 2023.
  • “Red & Black Legacy” — A 20-year reunion of the 2002 and 2003 back-to-back conference champs, and previous teams that have helped pave the way to success for GWU’s Football Program.

The season home opener for the Runnin’ Bulldogs is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, under the lights in Spangler Stadium. Season tickets are available now at

“We are itching to get started on our 2024 season at Gardner-Webb football,” Reisert declared. “Our players and coaches have worked tirelessly all off-season to put a high caliber product on the field, and we can’t wait to showcase it to all of Bulldog Nation.”

For more information about the kickoff dinner, contact Gabby Franklin during regular business hours at (704) 406-2039 or [email protected].

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 10 working days prior to the event.  Please call 704-406-4270 or email [email protected] with your request.

Gardner-Webb University is North Carolina’s recognized leader in private, Christian higher education. A Carnegie-Classified Doctoral/Professional University, GWU is home to nine colleges and schools, more than 80 undergraduate and graduate majors, and a world-class faculty. Located on a beautiful 225-acre campus in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb prepares graduates to impact their chosen professions, equips them with the skills to advance the frontiers of knowledge, and inspires them to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others. Ignite your future at

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