Yavapai College students are reinvesting the energy and enthusiasm that accompany the start of fall semester during a week of invigorating and motivational activities for the entire community.
Roughrider Spirit Days will be held Sept. 12-15 at the YC Prescott campus (1100 E. Sheldon St.) and feature fan-appreciation and drug-awareness activities and athletics contests. Highlighting the four-day celebration of college and community is an appearance by former major league baseball player Willie Mays Aikens. The one-time Kansas City Royals slugger will share his inspirational story of baseball stardom derailed by drug abuse at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.
“Willie’s story of fame, fortune, devastating loss and resurgence is a powerful one and we are pleased that he accepted our invitation to bring his message of hope and honor to Yavapai College,” said Janice Soutee, YC Student Engagement and Activities Coordinator. All are invited to the Aikens appearance, although seating is limited. Free tickets are available by contacting Soutee at (928) 776-2125.
Along with helping steer all ages away from the scourge of drugs, Roughrider Spirit Days aims to bring the community together in support of YC students and the YC soccer and volleyball teams. A number of Spirit Days events revolve around home games and both teams will be center stage throughout the week.
Following is the full schedule for Roughrider Spirit Days:
Tuesday, Sept. 12:
5 p.m., spirit gathering at the Flagpole circle and transportation to the 6 p.m. Roughrider Soccer match against Gateway at Mountain Valley Park in Prescott Valley.
Wednesday, Sept. 13
5:30 p.m., MATForce drug awareness event, room 147, Building 19. Free T-shirts for the first 100 YC students in attendance, followed by a Roughrider volleyball match at 7 p.m. in the YC gymnasium. Free popcorn and beverages for all YC students attending the volleyball game.
Thursday, Sept. 14
6 p.m., Willie Mays Aikens talk at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.
Friday, Sept. 15
5 p.m., Concert and barbecue, Roughrider Circle (between buildings 2 and 19 on the Prescott campus); 7 p.m. Roughrider Volleyball game in the YC Gym (Building 2). Free YC souvenir for the first 200 students, faculty and staff admitted.