Initial Bucknell Football Alumni Weekend a Huge Success
Oct. 5, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa.– While the current members of the Bucknell football team are focused on their upcoming game at Holy Cross on Saturday, the dozens of alumni who returned to Lewisburg for last weekend’s initial Bucknell Football Alumni Weekend are still buzzing about the experience they had here on campus. Nearly 100 alumni and their families attended the event, which was designed to bring the Bucknell Football Family together in one setting for a weekend of fun and enjoyment, as well as an opportunity for the alumni to get better acquainted with the current coaching staff and student-athletes.
The brainchild of former Bison players, led by Mark Imbertson ’98, Football Alumni Weekend will be held on a yearly basis, and is in addition to the annual campus Homecoming Celebration. Former Bison alumni should mark their calendar now for next year’s event – Sept. 7, 2013 vs. Marist.
Head coach Joe Susan was able to take part in many of the weekend’s activities, and was very pleased with both the turnout and the reactions from the alumni.
“Our football alumni weekend was outstanding,” said the third-year mentor. “It was good to see players return from many different classes. Once a football player, always a football player. It is your nature. The years change your body. They will never change your heart and the part of your soul that has been branded by this game. Teams create special bonds that last a lifetime. It was evident in my being able to spend time with our alumni group. It is amazing that though time and miles separate you, you can come together and return to this place and the special memories.”
The weekend featured a pregame tailgate for alumni and their families, sideline viewing for the alumni during the Cornell game, a postgame reception at the Towne Tavern Shanty and a brunch on campus in the Terrace Room Sunday morning. In addition, every returning Bison football player received a special commemorative t-shirt.
Former Bison Players Who Returned: