Vandal Rally a Success!

The newly forming Puget Sound Chapter of the Vandal Scholarship Fund held their first function Friday night before the tussle with Wazzu. The event was very much a success, both in the eyes of the organizers and the Administration. Image
Interim President of the University of Idaho, Gary Michael, led off the slate of speakers.

As one of the founders of the newly forming Puget Sound VSF Chapter, and a co-organizer of this event, we (Pat Lewis, former player Brian Cockrell, and myself) weren't sure what to expect for the Rally. This was our first foray in to this type of gathering, and it had only been conceived since the middle of June.

Fortunately, we had tremendous cooperation from the University of Idaho Alumni Association (helping us with mailings and contacts), and also from the Idaho Athletic Department (helping us pull together speakers, literature, the cheerleading team, handouts, etc.). This event really did come together quickly, and a good time was had by the 130-150 in attendance. Image
Athletic Director Mike Bohn charges up the crowd and reiterates the goals and needs of the Program.

The speakers ALL did a fantastic job, led off by Interim University of Idaho President Gary Michael. Enthusiasm and pride in the University and the Athletic Program was certainly the theme, but so was the message that more fans and supporters need to be involved with building our Program. Growth doesn't happen overnight, and the fans of our program need to be committed to taking advantage of every opportunity to be a part of what is happening (i.e. going to games, joining VSF, etc.), and creating future growth (i.e. getting the word out to friends and family). Image
Voice of the Vandals, Bob Curtis, kept the crowd on its toes with one-liners and a history of the 100-plus year old series.

Long-time Voice of the Vandals, Bob Curtis, gave an interesting analysis of the 100-plus year history of our border rivalry with Washington State, and threw in a hilarious array of friendly and light-hearted jabs to keep everyone on their toes. We'd like to issue a special thank you to Bob Curtis and Tom Morris, who invited us into the broadcast booth during halftime of the Battle to talk about our Chapter on the air (photo at bottom of this page). Image
Head Football Coach Tom Cable discusses the team and shares his expectations for the game.

Head Football Coach Tom Cable rounded out the speakers for the evening, and we want to thank him for coming down and speaking to the Rally the night before the big game. He gave an enthusiastic discussion of the team, its direction, and the growth that has happened within the team. In a nutshell, he feels good about the defense and will be looking for several youngsters and newcomers to step up on offense. More than anything, the team and staff are ready to get the season started!

Alot of people helped with this event, and we wish to thank you all for your effort (especially Athletic Department reps Tom McGann and Mahmood Sheik). We'd also like to thank the Bookstore for coming in on short notice and making this event a great place to pick up some Vandal gear (they unofficially sold about 3X as much gear at this event than they typically sell at similar events!).

Finally, and most importantly, thank you to everyone (parents, alumni, and fans) who stopped by and made this such a fun gathering. We hope to do something similar (at least once a year) in the future whenever Idaho comes into Seattle, and we want everyone to know how much we appreciate them making this one of their stops in the Emerald City.

GO IDAHO!! Image
Vandal fans listen to speakers in the courtyard. Image
Mingling into the evening. Image
Fans were treated to cheers by the Vandal Cheerleaders throughout the Rally. Image
In the press-box at half-time with Bob Curtis and Tom Morris.

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