CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 18, 2014 – The 2014 football season marks the beginning of a new tradition for the Southeast Missouri State University Redhawks. Around two hours before each home game, the team and the Southeast Missouri State University Marching Band are joining forces on a spirited Redhawk Walk to Houck Stadium.
According to Director of Athletics Mark Alnutt, the football program wanted to establish the Redhawk Walk to enhance the game experience across the campus for fans.
“We wanted to make a football game more of an ‘event,’” Alnutt said.
This week’s Redhawk Walk, which takes place during Family Weekend, will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, before the home game against Southeastern Louisiana.
Paul McRoberts of St. Louis, a junior wide receiver for the football Redhawks, is encouraging the continued support from the Southeast community at the Redhawk Walk.
“It would mean a lot if they [students] could come and ask other people to come as well,” said McRoberts. “It brings us a lot of confidence, and it’s a great feeling to know that people support us.”
Fans who attend the Redhawk Walk are encouraged to cheer on the teams and band toward the end of the route on Bellevue Street that runs in front of the stadium.
According to Nate Saverino, assistant director of athletics for external affairs, the Redhawk Walk is an important way for the community to be able to connect with the football team and build tradition at Southeast.
“The football team isn’t just a football team; they’re more than that,” said Saverino. “They are an extension of the community by representing our University. It’s important to rally around them.”
Assistant Director of Bands Nick Kenney says that the Redhawk Walk features every spirit organization on campus.
The first Redhawk Walk took place before the first home game on Aug. 28 against Missouri Baptist University.
“There was definitely a lot of energy coming from the band, and you could feel that,” said Kenney. “The school spirit was definitely present.”
For Southeast Missouri State University Marching Band member Laura Scott of Crystal City, Mo., the Redhawk Walk is impacting the game time experience in a positive way.
“It’s a good way to get everyone pumped up before the game starts,” she said.