Cool weather and school spirit welcome fans to KU Kickoff

Posted on Aug 22, 2015 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

Young fans and cheerleaders at KU Kickoff
Jayhawks of all ages turned out in force Aug. 21 for the annual KU Kickoff at Corinth Square in Prairie Village, hosted by the Alumni Association and Kansas Athletics. Taking advantage of a cool August night, KU families filled the shopping center’s parking lot to share Jayhawk spirit and enjoy performances by the KU Band and Spirit Squad, a fun zone and face painting for the children, and rousing remarks from KU leaders.

Heath Peterson, interim president of the Alumni Association, welcomed the crowd to the annual finale of the ’Hawk Days of Summer and the start of a new school year and football season. “We are ready for a fun fall, and there is no better way to kick it off than in the heart of Jayhawk Country,” said Peterson, c’04, g’09. He thanked alumni and friends for their loyalty as Association members and volunteers.

Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger, PhD’96, encouraged alumni to visit the new DeBruce Center, which will house James Naismith’s Rules of Basketball and host numerous student activities. He praised new football coach David Beaty and new women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider as “blue-collar, roll-up-your sleeves Kansas guys who speak from the heart.”

Schneider said he had “never been around a university and an athletics department that approach every day with more pride and more passion than we do at the University of Kansas.”

Beaty praised the energy of his young football team, which opens the season Sept. 5 against South Dakota State, and he urged alumni and friends to pack Memorial Stadium. “You are the magic,” he said. “We need that stadium loaded and rockin’.”

Following the Alma Mater and Rock Chalk Chant, the event continued to rock, thanks to a performance by the Lawrence band Coversmith.

—Jennifer Jackson Sanner

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Coach Beaty’s campus challenge

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

KU students walking down Jayhawk Boulevard between classes today were in for a special treat: the opportunity to take on head football coach David Beaty in pop-a-shot. The new head football coach spent an hour and a half this morning meeting students and challenging them to games on the lawn of Watson Library.

Watch our slideshow below for pictures from the event:


Photos by Dan Storey. See more photos on the Kansas Athletics Facebook page

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