Memphis marked the second of five stops for this year’s Big Orange Caravan.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Expo Center at Agricenter International hosted the University of Tennessee’s second Big Orange Caravan stop of 2018 Tuesday, with hundreds of orange-clad, energized UT fans enjoying more than two hours of family-friendly fun with a collection of Tennessee coaches, administrators and Spirit Squad members.
Special guests from Tennessee Athletics Tuesday in Memphis included Smokey, Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer, head football coach Jeremy Pruitt, associate men’s basketball head coach Rob Lanier and assistant women’s basketball coach Bridgette Gordon.
“Our whole state is important and Memphis is a huge part of that,” Fulmer said. “Not only do we have a lot of UT athletes from this area, but we have a lot of students and a lot of alumni. The medical school is here. There are so many reasons why this city is important to the University of Tennessee. It’s key to our success to come to Memphis and do well.”
As part of Tennessee Athletics’ collaboration with the UT Knoxville Office of Alumni Affairs in powering the Big Orange Caravan, the Memphis UT Knoxville Chapter awarded a scholarship. This year’s scholarship was presented to Skylar Maguire—an incoming freshman from nearby Bartlett High School who plans on majoring in biology while on Rocky Top.
The Big Orange Caravan rolls on this week, making its next stop in Nashville on Thursday. Held in the Main Concourse of Nissan Stadium, the BOC will coincide with the 52nd annual UT All-Sports Picnic, hosted by the Nashville Region UT Knoxville Alumni Chapter.
From there, the Big Orange Caravan travels to Atlanta on Tuesday, May 22 before wrapping up this year’s tour with a visit to the Tri-Cities on Thursday, May 24. Registration for all stops is open at BigOrangeCaravan.com.
Admission to all Big Orange Caravan events is $5 per person in advance or $10 at the door. Students and youth will receive complimentary admission. Proceeds from admission benefit the scholarship funds of the local UT Knoxville Alumni Chapter (these donations are non-refundable).