Bowling Green, Ky. — For the Western Kentucky University football program, the final weekend of spring practice means more than just playing the Red-White Game.
Beginning Friday morning, numerous events are scheduled on the Hill and in town not just for the players and coaches, but boosters, fans and former players.
“Our Spring Weekend is developing into a great event for our program. It is a way that we can showcase what is happening within our program and university to our former players, alumni, fans and students,” said head coach David Elson. “We are excited about this year’s activities and expect this event to get bigger and better every year.”
The final weekend of the spring season begins with a golf scramble at the Bowling Green Country Club. A lunch provided by Montana Grille will be served at 11 a.m. (CDT) with a shotgun start scheduled for noon. Awards will be given to the top three teams, prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive contests are available, and Leachman Buick GMC is sponsoring a Hole-In-One contest. All participating teams will have their picture taken with Elson and have the chance to meet the staff along with current and former players.
At 6:30 p.m. Friday, a Dinner, Dance & Auction will take place at the BGCC. Complimentary beer and wine will be served for two hours, hors d’oeuvres will be served all evening and a cash bar will be open until midnight. A silent auction is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. with a verbal auction set to start a half-hour later. Auction items include both WKU football and National Football League memorabilia, trip packages and more. Following the auction, Skip Bond and the Fugitives will provide live music.
The cost for the Dinner, Dance & Auction is $40 per individual or $75 per couple.
Saturday’s events open with a Women’s Football Clinic on campus beginning at 9 a.m. (registration and breakfast starts an hour earlier). Tailgating will take place all day, and the team will make the “Topper Walk” down the Hill at 4:40 p.m.
Prior to the 7 p.m. start of the Red-White Game, former players will participate in an Alumni Flag Football Game that is set to begin at 6 p.m.
The Red-White Game will conclude five weeks of spring practice for the Hilltoppers, who took part in the first of 15 workouts on Thursday, March 20.