HAMMOND– Although athletic competition hasn’t begun at Southeastern, Hot August Night in downtown Hammondgot the ball rolling Friday night.
The event featured Lion-Pawlooza, a pep rally for students to celebrate with the football team, the cheerleaders and the band.
The event began at 6 p.m. with fans celebrating with Roomie the Lion despite the bleak, gray conditions and the high probability of rain. The stormy skies couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Southeastern supporters. The crowd gathered early and eagerly in front of the stage at La Caretta Mexican Restaurant in preparation for the pep rally which was followed by a concert by former American Idol finalist andHammond’s own Lindsey Cardinale.
“This is going to be our year,” event emcee and KSLU’s own Chad Pierce proudly declared, “We’re so proud of our team and so excited for the season to get started here at Hot August Night. We believe in what our coach has been able to do with this program, and we’re looking forward to an excellent season. We believe in our team.”
New head coach Ron Roberts had many more people excited Friday night as droves of green and gold clad faithful filled the streets of downtown Hammond, despite the daunting weather conditions, to support their hometown team. The Lions will look to improve upon last year’s 3-8 mark and 7th place finish in the Southland Conference.
In addition to hosting the Lion-Pawlooza pep rally, the annual downtown Hammond Hot August Night event offered wine tasting, an art stroll, and activities sponsored by local retailers. Hot August Night is one of three annual events hosted in Downtown Hammond every year, including Art In April and Starry November Night. More information on Hot August Night and all the other Downtown events can be found at www.dddhammond.com .
The Lions will take on the Missouri Tigers on the road in Columbia,Missouri, for their season opener on September 1st.