|image from Disney Parks Blog|
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I LOVE when two of my worlds collide and this collision is AUsome! The cheerleaders from my alma mater, Auburn University, are one of 4 squads competing in Disney’s Cheer on Your Disney Side competition! I could not be more excited about this! I’ve voted for them each day since the competition began and now I’m asking you to do the same! The winning squad will earn a $100,000 grant from ESPN for its college spirit program and a team trip to Walt Disney World Resort.
Dozens of squads from across the country choreographed routines to one of four Disney Parks inspired songs and submitted their videos as part of the Cheer On Your Disney Side competition sponsored by ESPN, working in collaboration with Disney Destinations and Varsity Spirit. ~Disney Parks Blog
There are several things I love in life: my God, my family, my friends, my church, Disney, and Auburn University~ to name a few. Recently I was contacted by Fanatics about creating a blog post featuring photos of my kids cheering our our favorite team. When I spent some time on the Fanatics web site I was thrilled to find so many Auburn items! They had perfect items for a day of tailgating and items to use everyday around the house. My son LOVED the Angry Birds dressed as Auburn fans! I had hoped to find Mickey Mouse in Auburn attire after I was so surprised to find my favorite mouse wearing NFL attire on pillows, blankets and t-shirts. Maybe I’ll make a request! 🙂
Even though this is primarily a Disney blog, I’m happy to share my love of Auburn University with you… along with my Future Fanatics! Enjoy our photo tour.
Auburn University is located in Auburn, Alabama, about 2 hours southwest of Atlanta, GA.
Along with meeting Aubie, we like meeting band members, majorettes and Tiger Paws (dance team) prior to football games!
I read an interesting story last week about a personalized Auburn Tiger playing football drawn and autographed by Walt Disney. Supposedly, it was given to “Red” Sugg , son-in-law of Auburn legend Cliff Hare, in the 1950s. The article claims it’s located in the Lovelace Athletic Museum. But, last week when I was there we could not find this prized drawing. 🙁
Do any of my Auburn/ Disney fans know anything about this? I’d love to know more!!
All my life I’ve loved four things: God, my family, Auburn University and Disney. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I always love when two of my worlds collide. When I get to take my youth to Walt Disney World, attend a youth conference at WDW, or find a fellow youth minister who loves WDW as much as I do! This fall I realized another way two of my worlds have collided.
This past fall, despite a pitiful football season, Auburn tried their best to roll out the red carpet for their fans and to give them the best experience possible. They also wanted to increase their customer service and have Auburn fans consider Auburn their second home. So, if a college wants to provide the best customer service, where do they turn? Yep. Disney.
|Auburn’s mascot, Aubie, who won Nationals at WDW in 2012|
This time last year, Auburn’s Athletic Department traveled to Orlando to learn from the leaders is customer service. Disney helped Auburn turn their football game days into game weekend experiences. Auburn wanted to welcome their fans “Home,” like Disney does. As soon as you pull up to your Disney resort, they greet you with “Welcome Home!” That was Auburn’s goal.
Last fall, throughout Auburn you would see “Welcome Home” banners around downtown and campus. The Athletic Department provided tours of the stadium and locker room on the Friday nights prior to home games. They also provide a free event to fans and families on campus such as a volleyball game, soccer game or an outdoor movie at the baseball field. On Saturdays, Auburn football legends such as Bo Jackson and Carnell Williams returned to sign autographs.
Today, I’m taking my youngest boys to “The Plains” to experience an Auburn Basketball and Baseball game. While we’re there, we’ll visit the bookstores, comment on how the campus has changed since we graduated, see the Heisman trophy statues, stop by Toomer’s Corner for a glass of lemonade, and get one more look at the old Oak trees on the same corner that will hopefully be rolled after one of the games.
So, thank you Disney for providing the leadership to my University to help make Auburn my second, or third home!