June 22, 2024

Eagle Nation Day, Sept. 12

The University of Mary Washington Athletic Department will host the third annual Eagle Nation Day on Saturday, Sept. 12. The free family-fun event is held at UMW’s Battleground Athletic Complex off Hanover Street and designed to be a place where area children can meet and play games with college athletes while enjoying many other exciting activities. This year’s theme is Healthy Habits, Happy Kids.

“We want to emphasize how important it is to take care of your body even at a young age and to get outside, play and be active,” said Philip Pierce, the Director of Athletic Development and Promotions.

Giant inflatables, interactive exhibits, play spaces, arts and crafts, horse and pony rides are just a few of the free attractions that create a carnival-like atmosphere. Each year the event has grown in popularity, becoming a community outreach opportunity for local partners.

“This is a way that UMW Athletics can give back to the community that has lifted up our student-athletes and a great opportunity for our sport teams to inspire hundreds of children right here in our backyard,” said Pierce.

Also making appearances are local beloved mascots Buzzy the Bee (B101.5), Seymour the Dinosaur (CMOR), Pouches the Kangaroo (FredParent), and Sammy D. Eagle (UMW).

“We really want to connect with the community, and to have Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, and Stafford residents look at UMW as their hometown college team,” said Ken Tyler, director of Athletics.

Tyler will make his annual Eagle Nation Address to the crowd at 10:30 a.m., recognize all local Special Olympic Athletes in attendance, followed by a group photo opportunity for the children with UMW Eagles Student Athletes.

The doors will open at 9 a.m. and activities will not wind down until noon as the Women’s Soccer team warms up for their 12:30 p.m. match vs. Coast Guard. The event is co-sponsored by Fredericksburg Field House, B101.5, Children’s Museum of Richmond-Fredericksburg, and Fredericksburg Parent and Family. For more information, call (540) 654-1153.