Bearkat championship teams from football, baseball, volleyball, women’s basketball and bowling will be honored at the inaugural Sam Houston “Night of Champions” event Sunday April 21.

In addition, SHSU senior student-athletes, All-America and All-Southland performers and other special award winners will be recognized.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center. “Night of Champions” will be presented in an awards show format similar in style to the EPSYs or Grammys,

Sam Houston graduate and Houston Texans public address voice David Brady is “Night of Champions” emcee. Exciting video presentations featuring Sam Houston student-athletes, coaches and university administrators will highlight the presentation.

The videos will bring the most exciting moments from the Bearkats’ championship performances during the past year up close and personal.

“With conference titles in four sports and NCAA Championships appearances in three during the past year, this event will be an exciting night to remember for our university community,” Sam Houston Director of Athletics Bobby Williams said.

“Our student-athletes are stepping up to earn recognition for excellence on the national scene as well as in Texas,” Williams added. “Quality performances like theirs deserve quality recognition. This first class, video-intensive event is the perfect setting for our community to gather and celebrate this success.”

“Night of Champions” tickets priced at $75 will go on sale Monday April 8 beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets may be ordered online at, by phone at (936) 294-1729 or in person at the Sam Houston athletic ticket office at the Ron Mafrige Field House. 

Doors at the Performing Arts Center will open at 4:30 p.m. April 21.  A jazz band will provide pre-event entertainment before the awards show presentation starts at 5:30 p.m.

The 90-minute event will be followed by a reception where sponsors and the public will have the opportunity to meet with Bearkat student-athletes in a one-on-one setting.