Freed Hardeman University’s annual Homecoming festivities will begin Nov. 2 and close Nov. 11 with competitions between social clubs, class reunions, a Homecoming 5k, tailgating, basketball games and a silent auction and other events sponsored by the FHU Associates.
The week will conclude with men’s and women’s Homecoming games against Cumberland University starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. The Homecoming court will be announced Friday, Nov. 3 during daily chapel, and winners will be presented during the Lady Lions’ halftime. During the men’s halftime, new members of the Sports Hall of Fame will be introduced. Alumni will speak every day in chapel during Homecoming week.
Homecoming week begins with interclub competitions, and members spend months in preparation. “Paint It Up” is the first of the six judged events. The five clubs each take one window of the Wallace Gano Cafeteria and paint a mural that incorporates different aspects of the celebration. These murals stay up the entire week to showcase school spirit.
“Homecoming is a time of celebration, a time of proving yourself as a club member and a time of connecting with old and new friends,” Alex Lewis, a junior photography and graphic design major, said.
A bonfire devotional known as “Fire It Up” is the official kick-off for the week’s events.
"Puff It Up," a powder-puff football tournament, takes place Monday, Nov. 6, and "Hoop It Up," a co-ed basketball tournament, takes place Tuesday, Nov. 7. Club teams compete in these two double elimination showdowns. Thursday morning students and faculty look from the sidelines as the clubs' "Rev It Up" during a soapbox-derby in which cars compete in a speed race and are judged on their aesthetic and design.
High school juniors and seniors will also explore FHU’s campus Homecoming weekend for Maroon and Gold Day. Weekend activities include a student talent show as well as a concert 7 p.m. Friday in The Commons.
“It’s a great time, because so many alumni and families come back to visit Saturday which makes for a fun time of reunion!” Rachel Adams, senior public relations and photography major, said.
The annual homecoming 5k run benefiting Mid-South Youth Camp will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at the sports center. Registration is $25. Runners can register online at https://racesonline.com/events/fhuhomecoming5K and be guaranteed a race T-shirt. Same-day registration and packet pick-up will begin at 6:30 a.m. All runners will receive a ticket to the Associates’ pancake breakfast following the race. Tickets for the breakfast are $5 for adults, $3 for kids and free for children 3 and under. They will also serve barbecue lunch plates beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Auxiliary Gym in Brewer Sports Center, plates will cost $6.
FHU Associates will host the FHU Marketplace in Brewer Sports Center Auxiliary Gym beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Vendors will display their jewelry, clothing, crafts, decorations and more. The silent auction will begin at 9 a.m. with the winners announced at 1 p.m. Winners must be present to claim their prize. Anyone interested in participating as a vendor may contact Carol Childers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Profits from all Associates’ events benefit student scholarships at FHU. Individuals will also have the opportunity to play Flappy Frank, a virtual reality game, in the lobby of Hope Barber Shull Academic Resource Center on Saturday 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The game was developed by computer science majors and challenges users to ‘fly’ through various terrains to help Frank collect his lost marbles.
For more information about the homecoming schedule and events, visit http://www.fhu.edu/homecoming/schedule.
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