Vanderbilt launches Community Outreach campaign

On Saturday afternoon, the Commodores kicked off their second annual Community Outreach campaign at Europa Mini Golf in Bellevue. Fans were treated to a free game of miniature golf, as well as the chance to win prizes and to mingle with athletes, coaches, and staff.

At the registration table, everybody got a chance to win a prize by spinning the wheel. This young fan won the opportunity to choose a prize from "Box 2" and selected a Matt Freije bobblehead doll.

The athletes and the coaches were stationed around the course. The first hole was manned by senior quarterback Jay Cutler.

After six weeks on crutches following knee surgery in April, junior point guard Dee Davis of the women's basketball team was not only walking without the crutches, but practicing her shot as well.

Junior post Carla Thomas tried her luck, too.

Chris Booker from the football team demonstrated how to play this hole. First, he said, you just hit the ball real hard to get it somewhere near the hole. Then you pretend your golf club is a pool cue and sink the shot.

One of the big attractions for the children in attendance was the opportunity to get autographs from the student athletes, including Carla.

Jay signed countless autographs and posed for almost as many photos.

Chris Williams, Curtis Gatewood, and Sean Dixon from the football team posed for a photo with Carla Thomas and Dee Davis from the women's basketball team.

Football posters for the 2005 season were available, and Jay signed plenty of them.

Chris Booker, Jay Cutler, and Brian Stamper from the football team posed for a photo.

As the sun began to set and the event came to a close, Lacrosse Coach Cathy Swezey, Director of Marketing Eric Nichols, NCAA Compliance Officer Candice Storey, Women's Golf Coach Martha Freitag, senior bowler Jessica Tower, and Bowling Coach John Williamson posed for one last photo.

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Photographs copyright 2005 by WhitneyD for Top Stories