VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - VSU will take the field against the Shorter Hawks on Saturday for homecoming, but the university has a lot of activities planned for the students and especially the alumni in the mean time.
"We've had a fun filled week already and our alumni are really going to be instrumental in what we've got comin' up today, tomorrow, and Saturday," said VSU Director of Alumni Relations, Heather Proctor.
There will be a cookout at the P-E complex Thursday night at 5:30, followed by a blackout pep rally and a lip sync. Friday, there will be an alumni golf tournament at the Stone Creek Golf Club and a pep rally downtown Friday night. "We call it the Blazin' Downtown Throw Down," said Proctor. "That's going to be on the courthouse square in Valdosta and begins at 6:30."
But, all of these activities aren't just fun, they're also good for Valdosta and Lowndes County's economy.
"VSU homecoming really plays a large roll in our community," said Tyra Howard, Director of Tourism and Film for the Valdosta-Lowndes County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "During the homecoming, we will see a large number of our hotels filled by our alumni, by friends, by parents. We'll also see our restaurants and bars filled."
That will likely help increase tourism in Valdosta and Lowndes County even after homecoming weekend. "I would have to say yes. anytime you have someone coming into your community and goin' back, sharing with an outsider, brining someone into our community. Yes, I would have to say they play a role in that," Howard said.
Come Saturday though, they'll hopefully play an equally big role in helping the Blazers blaze up the scoreboard against the Hawks. Howard also said that homecoming may be busier than normal this year, as more people may decide to make the trip due to the current low gas prices.