University of Florida students want to bring Justin Timberlake to Gainesville for Kentucky game

justin-timberlakeStudents at the University of Florida have started a campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to bring Justin Timberlake to the O’Connell Center to sing the National Anthem before the Gators play Kentucky on March 8th.

Here is the plan to get Timberlake to Gainesville from the“Men’s Basketball Rowdies” Facebook Page:

The Florida Gators have been making noise on the court. The Rowdy Reptiles have been making noise in the stands. Now, we want Gator Nation to make noise on social media.

Beginning on Friday, Jan. 31, the Men’s Basketball Rowdies will launch a social media campaign involving Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to make something special happen in Gainesville in early March.

The goal: To invite a big-time star to come to the O’Connell Center to sing the National Anthem before the Florida vs. Kentucky game on March 8 – a nationally-televised game between two of the premier basketball programs in the country on Senior Day for Patric Young, Will Yeguete, Casey Prather and Scottie Wilbekin.

The target: Justin Timberlake.
A singer, producer, actor, and businessman, Timberlake is also a big basketball fan. He’s played in several celebrity games and is a minority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies.

The second leg of Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience World Tour” concludes March 5 in Miami. The tour does not resume until a few weeks later, when JT goes overseas. Timberlake may thus have an opening in his schedule while being relatively close to Gainesville.

So here’s the plan: We need Gator Nation to help us make enough noise on social media to persuade JT to come to UF and sing the National Anthem. The Rowdies are going to post photos, videos and tweets about why it’s great to be a Florida Gator and why JT should come to Gainesville for the game on March 8. What we want from everyone else is for you to do the same from your own social media accounts.

We need to spread the word of this movement, and we need everyone using your unique resources to do so. Get your friends, family, classmates, roommates, teammates, fraternity brothers, sorority sisters, coworkers, and members of your student organization involved. Gator Nation is everywhere, which means we CAN have an impact like this!

Any post should include the hashtag of the movement: #BringJT2UF. Posts should also include #UFvsUK and the date of the game, while tagging JT and the Rowdies.

Get creative! Do you have a favorite picturesque spot on campus that you can tweet a photo of? Can you sing or dance for an Instagram video? Want to write a poem about why JT should come to UF to post on Facebook? The more fun and goofy, the more the message will spread.

The upcoming week brings three straight home games to the O’Dome: Saturday vs. Texas A&M, Tuesday vs. Missouri, and Feb. 8 vs. Alabama. We will use these games to help spread the message, so stay tuned for some of the things we have planned!

For more information on this campaign, please contact:

Lucas Dolengowski
President, Men’s Basketball Rowdies
LDolen@ufl.edu

Jonathan Arnholz
Vice President, Men’s Basketball Rowdies
JArnholz@ufl.edu

It will be interesting to see if Timberlake accepts the offer. But we’re pretty sure he won’t.

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