As a cheerleader from the old school UC, I’m very concerned about the lack of support and attendance at the UTC (UC) football games.
The school has a great program in place with a topnotch head coach and coaching staff. Trouble is, not very many people come to the games and support the team, especially students. What a pity — it’s a great deal both price-wise and talent-wise.
The school needs to take a hard look at this problem and search for some solutions to solve it. When I was a cheerleader at UTC in the late 1950s and early 1960s (UC then), we had approximately 1,000 students. Now the school has approximately 12,000, yet they can’t seem to attract a group of them at all. At the last game I estimate there were less than 200 students in the stands. There seemed to be more in the parking lot having a party than there were in the stands watching the game, and this was during the game.
One thing that used to get the students interested to come to the game was when the fraternities and sororities had spaces in the pavilion. They would set up food tables, bring sofas and TVs, dress nicely, and party before game time. At game time they would file out to the stadium and sit together with their fraternity brothers, sorority sisters, and friends.
Then someone at the school decided money could be made renting those spaces out to businesses (at least, that was how I heard it). The result is the frats and sororities don’t congregate in there like they used to. This is sad, putting a few bucks over the participation of the organized students.
At the last game I did see one sorority having a party in the parking lot — before and after the game, they didn’t bother to go in the stadium.
Doesn’t the school realize that not getting the students involved in football Saturday will create in the future a group of alumni who could care less about UTC teams?
What is the cure? Well, I don’t have an answer, but I can offer a few suggestions that might help:
Something must be done, and done now. If we continue on the road at hand, it will lead to a dead end.
Paul E. Burke Sr.
Publisher (ex-cheerleader, letterman, and Moc
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