Athletic Affairs

White Paper Report 2014-2015

+ Meet the Chairs: Ryan Barr and Stephen Rooker

Ryan BarrRyan Barr

Hello, My name is Ryan Barr and I am currently a 4th year in the Commerce School. I am the Co-Chair of Athletic Affairs with Stephen Rooker. Outside of Student Council, I am involved with Dance Marathon, Trustees, MII, and Club Baseball. I enjoy playing golf and water sports in my free time and love to travel the world.

This year in Athletic Affairs, we are excited to continue to work with the Athletic Department and HooCrew to encourage attendance and make the game day experiences at games better for fans. Through initiatives such as free water distribution at football games, as well as helping to purchase mobile phone ticket scanners for easier entry at basketball games among many others, we hope to accomplish this mission.

Commerce ’15

Stephen Rooker

Hey y’all, I’m a rising third year Economics major from Arlington, Virginia. I joined Student Council during the fall of my second year, and my other involvements include Reformed University Fellowship and Sports Broadcasting for 92.7 KISS FM. When I’m not burying my head in an Econ textbook, you can generally find me eating Chick-fil-a at the Pav, shooting hoops at Slaughter, hanging out with friends, or just living the dream in general. Go ‘Hoos!

College ’16

The Athletic Affairs Committee is responsible for addressing the views and concerns of students regarding athletics at the University, including recreational and amateur athletics as well as varsity athletics.

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Past Committee initiatives include:

  • March Madness Bracket Competition: Working with UPC, we organized the student body wide bracket competition, which drew over 650 students.
  • Basketball Game Day Atmosphere: We are working with Hoo Crew to improve the basketball atmosphere. Last year, we made 70 Mike Scott posters for one of the home games to distribute to students.
  • Homecomings 2011 Planning: Our biggest initiative last year was bringing the tradition of Homecomings at UVA back to the student body. We researched other schools’ Homecomings celebrations in preparation for Homecomings Week 2011, and helped plan Coach London at O’hill, the Cavalier Combine, Cavalier Carnival Cookout.  and the Cookout on the Lawn.
  • Football Shuttle Service: We are launching a football shuttle service to take students from 14th street and Rugby Road areas to the stadium on game day.
  • Water Program at Football Games: In conjunction with several other groups around Grounds and the athletics department, we have established a program to provide water for students at home football games when the heat index exceeds a critical threshold.
  • Fill the Hill - UVA Football Marketing Team: We worked with Hoo Crew to launch a team of students that will work to increase student excitement for our home football games. Fill the Hill was very successful in its first year and has started strong for the 2012 season.
  • Lawn Tailgating: We reviewed and evaluated the Lawn tailgating experience in conjunction with Residence Life and the Office of the Dean of Students. We will continue to try to find new uses for the Lawn on game days.
  • Player, Coach, and Student Interaction: One of our primary goals in the past has been to increase opportunities for students to get to know players and coaches. We continue to look for additional ways to get this to happen and look to expand on our successful UVA Football Night at O’hill in Fall 2010, featuring Coach London himself.
  • Virginia Club Sports Council: We created a new Club Sports Council which seeks to promote Club Sports at the University of Virginia by offering organization, centralization, advertisement, and logistical support.
  • Reviewing the Football Gameday Script: We worked with the Athletics Department to review the game day script and determine if there was a better order of events leading up to kickoff to capture student enthusiasm. We also changed some of the game day music, including the addition of 300 Violin Orchestra.
  • Student Survey for Presidential Search: We are preparing to contribute to the recruitment of the next University president by presenting a comprehensive review of the student experience in athletics.
  • Improving Sustainable Practices in Athletics: The committee is partnering with the University Unity project and the Environmental Sustainability committee to ensure that our games are as ’green’ as possible. Recently, the committee has worked to promote the EPA’s Football Gameday Challenge, a competition in which University of Virginia ranked first in the ACC in pounds of materials recycled on per-capita attendance.
  • Overturning the Sign Ban: when conversations with the Athletics Department ended, the committee sent thousands of emails to the student body, asking them to wear blue to the next football game in a demonstration against the sign ban. The ban was quickly repealed.
  • Co-sponsorships with Hoo Crew: the committee continues to work with Hoo Crew to increase turnout and student involvement at University sporting events.