By Ace Espenshied
Beginning with the 2011 men’s tennis team and followed by the 2012 softball and football squads, VSU has seen three national championships in the past 19 months.
The city of Valdosta and Lowndes County have announced that they will honor all three championship teams by hosting a Parade of Champions on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m.
The parade will feature speakers including Valdosta mayor John Gayle, VSU President Dr. William J. McKinney, Lowndes County Commissioner Bill Slaughter, and all three Championship head coaches.
This has been the first time that VSU has seen more than one national championship team in a single year.
The 2012 softball team was the first women’s team in VSU history to win a national championship. The men’s tennis team has been to five of the last nine, winning in 2006 and 2011. The football team capped off a great late season run defeating Winston-Salem 35-7 earning the program’s third championship since 2004.
The Parade of Champions will start at Woodrow Wilson, turn down onto Patterson Street and end at Drexel Park.
VSU is in the middle of one of the greatest stretches that the school has ever seen.