Vanderbilt Fan Day Becomes
Dore Jam; More Family Activities at Free August 11 Event
Vanderbilt athletic programs will join forces with the Commodore
football team Sunday, August 11 for Dore Jam, a two-hour free
event on campus packed with fun activities for the entire
Numerous new activities, including
interactive contests, inflatable games and skill contests
have been added as the athletic department redesigns the annual
event formerly known as Fan Day.
“It’s going to be bigger and
better than previously, with more of a showcase on the total
Commodore athletic program than in past years,” said Chris
Wyrick, Commodore Assistant AD for /Major Gifts. “We really
wanted to reach out ot the community and do a key event free
of charge that would include everyone.”
The event, scheduled for 4-6
p.m., also features a new location. The activities will be
held at the newly renovated McGugin football practice fields
and Natchez Trace Drive, which will be closed during the afternoon
hours between Jess Neely Drive and Blakemore Avenue.
While other activities are scheduled,
the event offers Vanderbilt fans an opportunity to meet Football
Head Coach Bobby Johnson and his staff, and get autographs
from 2002 Commodore players. The team’s newly designed Nike
uniforms will be unveiled by senior captains Jamie Byrum,
Rushen Jones and Dan Stricker.
For the first time, the event
also features complimentary hot dogs, popcorn and sodas, and
live entertainment. An assortment of inflatable kids attractions
- all free to youngsters - is planned on Natchez Trace. Representatives
of several other Commodore sports, including baseball, lacrosse,
men’s and women’s golf, and tennis, are scheduled to participate
with interactive skill contests.
The first 2,000 adults attending
Dore Jam also will receive two complimentary tickets to the
Commodores’ home opener versus Furman scheduled for September
7. The opener pits Vanderbilt against the squad Johnson coached
for eight years.
A dedication of the McGugin practice
complex - a two-field renovation featuring the diversity of
an AstroPlay synthetic surface and natural grass surface -
also will take place. The field removations are nearing completion.