June 24, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane Athletics hosted the inaugural "Summer Camp" event last Tuesday in the James W. Wilson Jr. Center, offering guests an insider's perspective of a day in the life of a Tulane student-athlete.
Twenty current student-athletes led groups to different stations in the Wilson Center to meet coaches, see how game film is broken down, learn about academic support, discover the newest technology in athletic training and hear from the equipment and strength and conditioning staffs. The evening culminated in a Hullaballoo cheer led by Director of Athletics Rick Dickson and Head Men's Basketball Coach Ed Conroy.
Attendees were given an in-depth tour of the Wilson Center, including the football conference room, where they heard from video staff about how DVD and HD video technology is making filming and evaluating games much easier. Director of Student-Athlete Academic Services Lindsey Stineman spoke about the resources available to freshmen athletes, in particular, including priority registration and academic checklists to make sure assignments are completed on schedule.
A highlight for many of the donors was hearing from Director of Equipment Operations, Dave Lowry, about the process of outfitting a football player and some of the younger guests enjoyed trying on some football gear. Other guests were impressed by the intensity of the strength and conditioning program, designed by Director of Strength and Conditioning, Rob Phillips, while others were fascinated by Head Athletic Trainer Andy Massey's brief of the newest technology in athletic training, which allows athletes to recover faster from injuries and dehydration.
Tulane Athletics plans on making this an annual event and looks forward to broadening attendance to fans, donors, ticket buyers, community members, business partners, Tulane faculty/staff, and others who are interesting in the inner-workings of the athletics department.
The Green Wave Football team opens its 2011 season on Saturday, September 3 at 2:30 p.m. against Southeastern Louisiana in the Louisiana Superdome.
For ticket information, please call the Tulane Ticket office at (504) 861-WAVE (9281), visit the ticket office inside the James W. Wilson Jr., Center located along Ben Weiner Drive on the Tulane campus, or simply log on to www.TulaneGreenWave.com.