Published in the January 25, 2017 issue of The Bells
In December, students, parents and fans alike all traveled to Salem, VA to cheer the Crusader football team to their National Championship win.
These fans got to experience the game of a lifetime for any UMHB football fan.
Mike McCarthy, director of the Campus Activities Board sent six buses full of students, a total of 336 fans, to help cheer on the Cru football team.
Although planning for this adventure started about a week-and-a-half before the Stagg Bowl, it didn’t take long for every spot on the fan buses to be filled.
The lucky fans who earned a spot on the trip received transportation, a stay at the Opryland Hotel, a ticket to the game, a t-shirt, and a spirit sign.
“It was a lot of quick planning, but it was totally worth it to give that experience [of going to a national championship game] to the students,” McCarthy said.
Isaac Felan, a sophomore EC-12 Physical Education major, was one of the students that was able to go to the game.
He said the experience was a memorable one.
“It was an experience for a lot of students; being the loudest we’ve ever been at a game, but also the coldest,” Felan said, “It was awesome to see the guys play and win.”
Sharon Rately, a parent that attended the game said, it’s not every day that the “small town” guys become the heroes.
“Small towns and thriving cities alike were able to be united as one to support our Crusaders,” she said.
The fans that were able to attend the National Championship game cheered their hearts out for the purple and gold, even in the frigid Virginia temperatures.
But most attendees said it was worth it to create lasting memories and watch their team become National Champions for the first time in the history of the UMHB football program.