– By Shauntell Brittian, The West Press
Everyone on the University of West Georgia campus is gearing up for Homecoming 2016. This year’s theme is “There’s No Place Like UWG.”
“Just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, who said there’s no place like home, that home is UWG for our alumni,” said Kevin Hemphill, director of UWG Alumni Relations. “So when we say there’s no place like home, we mean there’s no place like UWG.”
UWG Alumni Association and Student Activities Council have a number of activities lined up for the week-long event, which begins Oct. 17. Many activities are open to the public, such as the Presidential 5K, the homecoming parade and Wolves Capture the Square.
The Presidential 5K Spirit Run will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 20. The race will be held on campus, beginning and ending at The Coliseum, and will benefit the Carrollton Greenbelt. Winners will be awarded immediately following the race.
In addition to race winners, there will be prizes for the most spirited costumes. Tanner Health System’s Get Healthy/Live Well initiative is hosting a Super Hero 1-Mile Fun Run for kids. The first 150 children will receive a cape in their registration packet. Healthy snacks and water will be provided.
Immediately following the run, the Glow Parade will light up campus at 7:30 p.m.
“This is something we’re doing differently this year,” Hemphill explained. “We have moved our regular homecoming parade from Saturday morning to Thursday evening and made it a glow parade. This will allow more opportunity for those who participate in the event to dress up their floats, and it will allow more of the community the opportunity to the enjoy parade. We hope the community will come out to view and enjoy the parade, and we hope the new time will be a little easier on their schedules.”
Wolves Capture the Square will kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, at The AMP in downtown Carrollton. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community are invited to attend the university’s largest gear-up celebration for Homecoming Day.
Dr. Marrero, Coach Will Hall and the football team’s seniors will cheer along with UWG’s national championship-winning cheerleading squad. The UWG Homecoming Court will help pump up the crowd with UWG’s marching band, “The Sound that Lights the South.”
Once you’re all pumped up. Join UWG fans at the homecoming game Tailgate on Saturday, Oct. 22. Bring your tents, music, coolers and food to celebrate with others before the game. Wear your Wolves gear to show support for the team and check out other tailgates throughout the UWG Athletic Complex.
“We’re very excited,” Hemphill shared. “It’s going to be a great event that will connect campus and students with alumni and community – not just with Carroll County but throughout the state. We hope everyone joins us for any or all of the events.”
Visit westga.edu/homecoming for a complete list of events and to register for select events.