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SHSU Night With The Rockets Is Back

March 14, 2022
SHSU Media Contact: Wes Hamilton

2022_COHS_NightattheRockets_Art2By Julia Roberts

The Department of Kinesiology’s Sport Management program is excited to announce the return of the SHSU Night with the Rockets. Students, faculty, alumni and other SHSU community members are invited to join in on the fun taking place at Toyota Center April 3, to watch the Houston Rockets take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at 6 p.m.

“This event is an outstanding opportunity for our graduate students to apply what they've learned in the classroom to a practical experience with a first-class NBA organization,” Brent Estes, associate professor in the kinesiology department said. “We're fortunate to have great partners like the Houston Rockets who are willing to provide our students with valuable industry experiences.”

The planning and execution of Rockets Night is a collaborative effort between the ‘Event and Facility Management’ class and the ‘Revenue Generation in Sport’ class.

"We're excited to continue our partnership with the Houston Rockets as SHSU Night once again emerges following a two-year hiatus. It is with their support that we're able to provide students with the unique balance of theory-based and practical experience in the areas of sport sales and event management. We're grateful to both the Rockets and our sponsors for making this learning experience possible for our students,” said Derek Beeman, lecturer of kinesiology and senior director of ticket sales and market analytics for the Houston Texans.

This is a great opportunity for the SHSU community to come together in a different setting with the goal of creating a memorable experience. Since 2011, more than 7,500 Bearkats have attended these events.RocketsSHSUNight39“After the cancellation of SHSU Night with the Rockets these past two years, we are thrilled to be back at Toyota Center with our great partners to produce a signature night for the university. SHSU Nights have created great learning experiences and professional opportunities for our students,” said Ryan Zapalac, associate dean and professor in the kinesiology department. “The planning and execution of the event is directly responsible for our students being prepared for internships and positions within the industry. Thus, we greatly appreciate Andrew Cornutt (Manager of Group and Individual Ticket Sales with the Rockets) for helping us bring the event back this year to make it even bigger and better. We hope to see as many Bearkats as possible this year.”

Sammy Mid CourtSHSU students who purchase tickets can attend the pre-game shoot around viewing while sitting in the season ticket holder seating area to watch the players warm up. Students will then be taken back to the student section, where they will have the chance to receive seat upgrades and various merchandise throughout the game. To sign up for the pre-game shoot around viewing, please go to

“We are thrilled to resume the tradition of SHSU Night with the Houston Rockets. This event brings together our Bearkat family, celebrates our great institution and provides our sport management students with real-world experience in a professional sport environment. We are thankful for the Houston Rockets and our amazing sponsors that make this important event possible,” said Jamey Rootes, professor of practice in the Department of Kinesiology.

After the game, all attendees will have the chance to shoot a free throw on the court. Participants must sign a waiver beforehand in order to participate.

Tickets for the game start as low as $10. You must have a game ticket to participate in all of the activities and to enter Toyota Center. For more details, please visit or contact Julia Roberts at

To purchase your discounted tickets, please go to and use any of the following promo codes: Allison, Anthony, Bo, Brennon, Brittyn, Dana, Jessica, Julia, Parker.

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