Kennedy Brown, Social Coordinator
Link Crew hosted their annual freshman tailgate yesterday, October 13, with a variety of activities and games including a friendly game of tug-o-war, but what is the true meaning behind it all.
“With the Link Crew program we wanted more social connection with link leaders and the ninth graders and bring them together a little bit more and make them feel more apart of the school,” said Link Crew advisor Tina Weller. “[Also, to support] the freshman football players [since] generally they don’t get any fans except their parents, and seeing that the students can rally around them. So that’s where we kind of begin is with the freshman football team and then throughout the year we have social events that connect them.”
When creating this event two years ago the Link Crew advisors have suffered from a rain out every year.
“Our biggest hope is that it doesn't rain. We are starting to feel a little cursed because the first two years it had rained,” said Weller.
With this curse breaking this year the freshman enjoyed themselves in a game of tug-o-war.
“[My favorite part of the tailgate was] playing tug of war [against the seniors] and winning,” said freshman Riley Coffee.
While some freshman enjoyed the sweet victory of winning against the seniors, others enjoyed the pregame.
“Definitely dancing and doing the turbo shuffle before the game with everyone,” said senior Link Leader Taylor Amos.
While the whole point of the tailgate is for the freshman to have fun and bond with their Link Crew Leaders, there is also some things that can be taken away from this.
“I would hope that the freshman take away the fact that there are people out there that will support and help them get on the right path towards a bright future. I also hope that this event helped the freshman see that we are trying to create a bond between them and the Link Leaders,” said senior Link Leader Phillip Pelland.
While the freshman are the main goal in helping them understand the bond the leaders and them have, the leaders also took something away from the first event of the year.
“I think a lot of the time there’s a definite fine line between the freshman and upperclassmen, and apart of Link Crew it’s our job to try and break that barrier, but I think actually hanging out and genuinely having a good time with the freshman was a real connection that was made between the two games,” said Amos.