Note: Starting May 1st and continuing for the 123 days leading up to the start of the 2011 college football season, "Project 1-2-3" will share pictures, videos and memorable moments from the last nine years of Special Spectators game day events.
Of all the different activities during a Special Spectators game day event, meeting the athletes may be the most popular. Whether it's the student-athletes who visit our tailgate parties or the players in the locker room, the children love meeting their local heroes. The athletes don't disappoint - they're accessible and naturally connect with the kids.
This was especially true during an event at Fresno State. Despite the 105 degree temperatures, the children enjoyed playing games with members of the men's and women's basketball teams and women's volleyball team. It wasn't until the arrival of perhaps the most famous Bulldog, however, that their excitement peaked. NFL quarterback David Carr made a special appearance at our tailgate party. The 100 patients and parents from Children's Hospital Central California in nearby Madera, anxiously waited for an autograph and a picture with the former Fresno State star. Here's a great shot from that moment.