VSU Wants Valdosta Painted Red

| September 24, 2015


Chip Harp, Valdosta Today News

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State President Dr. Cecil Staton announced an initiative to grow support for Valdosta State in the local community.  He’s asking everyone to show support for VSU athletics by displaying red on Saturdays.

Staton noted that on Friday nights, he is aware that everyone has their particular school to support.  “But on Saturdays, each and every one of us are Blazers.”

Staton hopes everyone will turn out in red and black on Saturdays at games, in store fronts, and homes to “paint the town red.”

“We are Valdosta,” Staton said.  He also noted the school was committed to making Valdosta “one of America’s great college towns.”

In attendance at the announcement were many from Valdosta State athletics, school administration, and school staff.

“We think it’s great!” said Valdosta State women’s basketball team members Lydia Harvey and Imari Simpson.

All of this is part of a larger “VS-You” program, which strives to better market the school by reaching out to the community and region.  Attendees were each given a VS-You visor and red and black pom-pom.

VSU Head Football Coach David Dean stated the athletic department was “100% behind the new initiative,” also adding that he wants to see the support, not just for football Saturdays, but for all sports throughout the year.

Valdosta community leadership also voiced their support for the program.  Both Lowndes County Chairman Bill Slaughter and Valdosta Mayor John Gayle spoke at the announcement.

Red, one of the primary VSU colors, stands for “strength, passion, energy,” Gayle stated.

Slaughter reminded everyone how important economically the school is to the area and offered the County’s “total commitment” to supporting the school.

Valdosta State hosts Cumberland University on Saturday at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium for the school’s home football opener.

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2 Comments on "VSU Wants Valdosta Painted Red"

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  1. DW says:

    The only hope for that to happen is for VSU to move up to DIV-1AA. We are tired of the Albany States and West Georgias, its time for the move up.

  2. MommaLissa says:

    VSU has declining enrollment. Crime is an issue in Valdosta.