Tech fans swarm Walmart at Cookeville Purple Pride Caravan


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Golden Eagle fans arrived in droves at the latest installment of Tennessee Tech's Purple Pride Caravans, flooding the Cookeville Walmart in high anticipation of the start of the new year of athletics.

On the same day as the campus' Great Move In Day, Tech athletics, partnered with both Pepsi and 98.5 Kiss FM drew in the newest students at Tennessee Tech University with great music, free food, and entertainment by the Golden Eagle cheer and dance teams.

Three lucky fans won drawings and received Tennessee Tech memorabilia, and one person qualified for the drawing to win a trip for two to the Tech-Wisconsin football game in the Golden Eagle Flyaway, sponsored by Kiss 98.5 FM.

After already making stops in Jamestown, Smithville, the Cookeville Hometown IGA, Carthage, Crossville, McMinnville, Livingston, Sparta, and now the Cookeville Walmart, there reamins just one more Purple Pride Caravan for the 2013 year, the finale at the Algood Walmart on Aug. 27, just two days before the Golden Eagle season opener in Tucker Stadium on Aug. 29.

For additional information on the caravan or to purchase season tickets for the upcoming football season, call (931) 372-3940.

The 2013 Purple Pride Caravan schedule and locations:
-Tuesday, July 9th - Jamestown Walmart
-Thursday, July 18th - Smithville Walmart
-Tuesday, July 23rd - Cookeville Hometown IGA
-Thursday, July 25th - Carthage Walmart
-Thursday, Aug. 1st - Sparta Walmart
-Tuesday, Aug. 6 - Livingston Jerry's IGA
-Thursday, Aug. 8th - McMinnville Walmart
-Thursday, Aug. 15th - Crossville Walmart
-Thursday, Aug. 22nd - Cookeville Walmart
-Thursday, Aug.27th - Algood Walmart

Some snapshots from the Cookeville Purple Pride Caravan:


Pictured above from left to right: Men's basketball head coach Steve Payne, Lee
Wray of 98.5 Kiss FM, t-shirt winner Nicole Andersen, Michelle Smith of Pepsi, and
baseball head coach Matt Bragga.


Pictured above from left to right: Eric Mick of Pepsi, men's basketball head coach
Steve Payne, tennis balls winner Finis Henson, volleyball head coach Dave Zelenock,
Lee Wray of 98.5 Kiss FM, and football head coach Watson Brown.


Pictured above from left to right: Director of Athletics Mark Wilson, Eric Mick of Pepsi,
football jersey winner Rosalind Thomas, and Freaky Dave of 98.5 Kiss FM.

Photos by Dylan Vazzano