HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – Southern Miss football players met some of their youngest and most dedicated fans one-on-one on Friday, September 16.
Golden Eagle football players, cheerleaders, dance team members and Seymour visited students at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Dubard School for Language Disorders.
It was all part of the school’s annual “Black and Gold Day” celebration.
VIPs signed autographs for the children, and later everyone joined in a cheer rally in front of the school.
“They are excited that we are here; we’re thrilled to be here,” said Jake Lange, a junior quarterback for Jackson. “They love the Golden Eagles for sure, and we love them, and we’re happy to be here.”
Jeremiah Robinson, a second Petal safety, said it was the perfect way to prepare for the big game.
“It’s Friday,” Robinson said. “We are playing on Saturday, so the fact that they are delighted to see us excites me and makes me feel like I have more to play.”
Dubard School principal Missy Schraeder said she has been preparing her students to meet the Golden Eagles for weeks.
“I promise you we’ve done a lot of speech work on Southern Miss To the Top and we’re just trying to give them some of these words to use, some of this language to understand what you’re talking about, how you’re talking about football,” Schraeder said.
Schraeder also said the school has been celebrating “Black and Gold Day” for more than 20 years.
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