news-category: Community News/Events Join Gardner-Webb for GWU Night on Aug. 11 During the 96th American Legion World Series By Office of University Communications On July 26, 2023 Last year on GWU night at the American Legion World Series, Head Softball Coach Bailey Wigness had the honor of throwing out the first pitch. Event Also Salutes Academic Achievement of Students in Summer Enrichment Programs BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Gardner-Webb University and American Legion officials are hosting Salute to Academic Achievement Day on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. during the 96th American Legion World Series (Aug. 10-15). While recognizing Cleveland County students who spend part of their summer in programs to increase their knowledge, GWU invites alumni and fans to celebrate Gardner-Webb night at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C. Women’s Head Basketball CoachScott Merritt will throw out the first pitch. The Gardner-Webb Marching Bulldogs and Cheerleading Squad will entertain as fans enter the stadium for the 7 p.m. game. They will also perform on the field. Scott Merritt, new head coach of the GWU women’s basketball team, will throw out the first pitch. Students from four summer programs will receive free tickets for the 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. games. These are Community Math Academy, Cleveland County Schools Summer Camps at elementary schools, the Library System’s Summer Reading Programs, and Cleveland County Arts Council’s Summer Art Camps. Ticket options are available here. 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 Gardner-Webb.edu. Last year on GWU night at the American Legion World Series, Head Softball Coach Bailey Wigness had the honor of throwing out the first pitch.