Athletics spreads holiday cheer in Cookeville Christmas Parade
By Dylan Vazzano, TTU Sports Information Coordinator
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – It’s that time of year again. The unmistakable glow of holiday lights. Decorations of another Christmas springing up from every which way. Joyous faces blanketing the streets of Cookeville on a brisk Monday evening. And off in the distance, the resounding roar of the Golden Eagle marching band leading the entire Tennessee Tech athletic community in the 47th annual Cookeville Christmas Parade presented by the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce.
The Golden Eagles came out in full force for the occasion, led by droves of student-athletes, coaches, and administration from each and every TTU sports team. The overwhelming presence of Tech athletics walked the streets of downtown Cookeville, greeting fans, giving thanks, and spreading holiday cheer for the hundreds that lined the streets.
“Being out here was just wonderful, it’s just a small way that we can give back to the community by being part of the Cookeville Christmas Parade,” Director of Athletics Mark Wilson said on the strong Golden Eagle attendance. “It’s important to be out there because we ask everyone in the community to come to our games and support Tennessee Tech student-athletes and cheer for them, so this was a way that we can show our support back because we really appreciate all the support from them.”
Along with having the all the Tech sports teams parading around downtown Cookeville, the TTU cheer and dance squad, and Golden Eagle marching band were right at the forefront in sharing the holiday spirit with the community.
“One of the things we really enjoy doing is supporting the community and playing for folks,” Associate Director of Bands Eric Harris said as the Golden Eagle marching band performed some of the Christmas classics. “This time of year it’s nice to take your talents and make people happy.”
This sentiment was expressed throughout the course of the evening as the holiday spirit of giving back took center stage.
“It’s important for our team to be out here tonight because the community does so much for us, so we just want to come back and show everyone how thankful we are,” junior of the volleyball team Ellen Conti said on the significance of taking part in the parade. “I’m sure that there are little kids out there that look up to us so it’s the least we can do.”