The wolverine is the largest land-dwelling member of the weasel family, known for its ferocity as a hunter and fighter. Wolverines have actually been known to take down prey many times their size. With homecoming just around the corner, students can showcase another type of wolverine, fierce and daring with school spirit.
On Saturday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m., students, faculty and other UVU fans are invited to a pre-homecoming game tailgate party in the UCCU center’s west court. The event is free to all, though the nacho bar costs $2 for those without a Mighty Athletic Wolverine League pass, and will include a variety of activities for fans of all ages.
The tailgate, organized by the MAWL, aims to build up team spirit for the UVU basketball game against the University of Missouri-Kansas City that night at 7 p.m.
The goal for the tailgate is to “get everybody pumped up for the game,” said MAWL President Madison Leavitt. Leavitt also said that the team is “looking good” this year and she expects a victory on the court.
Events at the tailgate will include a nacho bar, prize wheel, sign-making, glitter tattoos, balloon art and a fight song competition.
Fans are welcome to bring their families to the tailgate party as the Alumni Association will be partnering with MAWL to provide family-friendly activities for adults and children alike. Attendees at the tailgate and game should remember to wear black. This may seem surprising since UVU fans traditionally come out wearing green; however, this year Leavitt says the plan is to create a blackout effect. The goal is to fill the stadium with fans in black, making it clear who supports UVU. This should look impressive on the Fox College Sports television coverage of the game.
Students and community members can purchase this year’s homecoming apparel, a black t-shirt with glow-in-the-dark writing, at the UVU Bookstore. Fans can also bring in a t-shirt from another college and swap it for a black UVU shirt the week before homecoming, Tuesday-Thursday, from 10-2 at a booth outside the Bookstore.
“Homecoming is a good indicator of school spirit,” Leavitt said.
According to Leavitt, homecoming is meant to be a big deal. She says that although UVU has come a long way with school spirit, fans still have a ways to go. The tailgate party should help students and fans get into the school spirit mood and become part of the excitement of homecoming.
“If you want to be a part of something big, come to game!” said Madison Davison, MAWL committee member. Come to the tailgate party if you want food, fun, and a dose of UVU spirit.
By Sierra Wilson