Story by: Delvin Alexander
Athletics Communications Student Assistant
On Saturday, April 22, UC Davis football will host the inaugural Picnic Day Practice & Kids Fest on Howard Field. In addition to its final spring practice, a kids zone, which includes inflatables and games for Aggie fans of all ages, will be available from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
With head coach Dan Hawkins back at his alma mater, the Aggies’ head coach wanted to reach out to the community, and conduct an event similar to the ones that took place during the program’s Division II era. After Saturday’s workout, fans and families will have the opportunity take the field and interact with players and coaches. Student-athletes will autograph jerseys and footballs, take pictures with children that look up to them like heroes, and interact with their families as well.
Regarding Saturday’s event and nod to its D-II days, freshman quarterback Brock Johnson stated that “this is bigger than football, it is a special tradition that the community is proud to be a part of.”
The history behind Toomey Field began on November 18, 1949, with the Aggies’ first game against Chico State. With its 12-3 win, the start of a winning culture took place at UC Davis.
“Numerous conference championships were won here by former Aggie legends, we just try to embody that tradition every time we play,” said defensive lineman Nick Fehrenbach.
Safety Keleen Culberson added, “throughout my career, I have met many Aggies that played throughout that successful period of the program’s history. I feel as though I am a part of that family as a current Aggie because I am able to share that bond with former players.”
Even though Saturday’s event is designed to be fun experience for families and UC Davis football fans, the Picnic Day Practice and Kids Zone will also give Aggie football alums, their loved ones and friends an opportunity to reunite and support the program.
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