Eastern’s football team signed 2014 schedules for fans at the first Colonel Fan Day on Aug. 23. The volleyball, soccer, chearleading and cross-country teams attended Saturday’s Colonel Day and took part in clinics and drills with fans. MARY FARSON/PROGRESS


A large crowd showed up from all over the Richmond area for the first Colonel Fan Day at Roy Kidd Stadium Aug. 23. Fans got the chance to run drills and get to know some of Eastern’s athletes.
“This is a fantastic event,” volleyball head coach Lori Duncan said. “I think that it is super important for the community.
Members from the football, cross-country, soccer, volleyball and cheerleading team came to meet the fans.
Coaches and athletes alike said they were happy to get to know the community and teach the children some new tricks and run drills with them.
In order for everyone to have a turn with each sport, the attendees rotated from team to team. Once everyone finished with the different drills, the children had the opportunity to run through Eastern’s football tunnel and were introduced by age group. Athletes then gave out the 2014 fall sports posters to be signed for the children.
“I like teaching the kids a little something,” senior linebacker Khiry Maddox said. “It’s good to give a little something to kids.”
Bounce houses and food booths were also set up for parents and children, with free food samples from Eastern sponsors such as the recently opened Raising Canes, Papa John’s, Jimmy John’s and Zaxby’s.
“They are all good kids,” sophomore cheerleader Lexi Taulbee said. “This is something great and fun for the little kids.”