September 17, 2013
Game Day has always been my favorite day of the week. When I was playing sports, I took great pride in wearing my uniform and representing my school and my teammates. Game Day was always a joyous day as I was doing something I loved.
Now as an administrator, my uniform looks a bit different but there is still the same pride and joy in Game Day. I love watching our student-athletes compete; to see them all in the same uniform, representing DePauw, is powerful. On those days, it's about who they are in that moment and what they can accomplish together. Our coaches and other support staff members create an environment in which these student-athletes will be successful and from a spectator perspective, you can see the effects of their teaching.
Game Day has also taken a new meaning for us as we are in the process of renovating and expanding our athletics and recreating facilities. Among the goals for this project was to improve the spectator experience at our home athletics contests. We've added logos and signage to our facilities but more importantly, we are working to create an inviting and welcoming experience for our fans, families and friends. At home games, we welcome our fans to gather pre- and post-game, for example utilizing the Scott Hamilton Memorial Park as a central hub to gather before and after home football games.
On the Saturday of Old Gold, we will host an Old Gold Tailgate in Scott Hamilton Memorial Park with music provided by the DePauw Jazz Combo and a season update from Head Football Coach Bill Lynch, dedicate Nick Mourouzis Field during half time of the game, and following the game we'll host a meet-and-greet with Coach Nick. You can see a full schedule of Old Gold events here.
If you have the opportunity to join us at a home athletics contest this year, I invite you to do so. If you weren't convinced already, I'm sure that you will see that Game Day is the best day of the week.
Theodore Katula Director of Athletics and Recreational Sports