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Winter Family Weekend at Gardner-Webb Connects Families to the Undergraduate Experience

A GWU student and her two family members pose at the family tailgate for the GWU vs Mercer game day.
Photo by Danielle Billups / GWU Photo Staff

Schedule Includes Athletic Events, Angie Keilhauer Concert, and Q&A with the President

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Winter Family Weekend (Feb. 10-12) at Gardner-Webb University offers a chance for families to experience life on campus and cheer on the Runnin’ Bulldogs in tennis, softball and basketball. Along with having fun, families are invited to celebrate their students’ achievements. During the weekend, a reception will honor students on the President’s and Dean’s Lists, and the Senior Pinning will be held on Sunday afternoon.

Students and families will have an opportunity on Saturday morning to participate in a Q&A with Gardner-Webb President Dr. William Downs, and Sunday begins with Worship at the Webb at 10 a.m. in Dover Chapel. In addition, several fun activities are planned each day: Bingo, open mic night, karaoke, tailgate, concert by The Voice contestant Angie Keilhauer, and Run for the Heart 5K.       

Family Weekend Schedule

Feb. 10

  • 2 p.m., GWU Women’s Tennis vs. Limestone College, Webb Tennis Complex.
  • 4 p.m., Invitation-only reception for students named to the President’s and Dean’s Lists.
  • 5 p.m., GWU Softball vs. Austin Peay State University, Brinkley Stadium.
  • 7:30 p.m., Angie Keilhauer Concert, Tucker Student Center. (The concert is free for GWU students and families. Others may purchase tickets, here.)
Bingo winners react after winning a prize. Photo by Ezekiel Martin

Feb. 11

  • 9 a.m., Run for the Heart 5K, Tucker Student Center. The race will be free for all participants, but donations will be accepted and given to the American Heart Association. Registration required. Please register here.
  • 11 a.m., Presidential Q&A, Tucker Student Center. Registration requested. (After Feb. 7, contact the Student Engagement Office to register.)
  • Noon, Family Tailgate, Tucker Student Center. Registration required by Feb. 7
  • 2 p.m., GWU Basketball vs. Campbell University, Paul Porter Arena, Tickets available here.
  • 3 p.m., GWU Softball vs. Ohio University, Brinkley Stadium.
  • 7:30 p.m., Family Bingo, Tucker Student Center. Registration required by Feb. 7.
  • 8:30 p.m., Open Mic Night and Karaoke, Tucker Student Center.

* Registration for the Presidential Q&A, Tailgate, and Bingo, with the option of purchasing a Family Weekend T-shirt is available here.                                                                                                    

A student prays during a Worship at the Webb service in Dover Chapel.

Feb. 12

  • 10 a.m., Worship at the Webb, Dover Chapel.
  • 10 a.m., GWU Softball vs. Robert Morris University, Brinkley Stadium.
  • 12:30 p.m., GWU Women’s Tennis vs. Elon University, Webb Tennis Complex.
  • 2 p.m., Senior Pinning, Tucker Student Center. Registration required. (Seniors can register and pay for guest tickets in the Office of Student Engagement, Tucker Student Center.)
  • 2 p.m., GWU Softball vs. George Mason University, Brinkley Stadium.

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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