The MissouriSouthern athletics department, in collaboration with the MSSU Department ofStudent Activities, came together for the Lions' home opener this season andentertained the crowd, while helping with tornado relief as the Lions faced offwith Central Oklahoma on the football field.
Landon Adams,Director of Student Activities at MSSU, as well as Randon Coffey, Director ofAthletic Marketing and Corporate Sales, hitched an idea early in the summer tocome up with some way to entertain the fans at the home opener, as well as helpout in the relief efforts for the tornado that devastated the Moore, Okla. areanearly two years after the EF5 that came through Joplin.
Adams andCoffey were talking at lunch one day and the idea of doing something at thegame with Central Oklahoma, whose campus is 25 miles north of Moore, seemedlike the perfect plan.
Out of thatconversation, talks about doing a pre-game concert surfaced, but logistics madeit hard to make happen. Then the idea of a laser light show was put forward.The two found a company that had done shows previously for crowds at the KansasCity Chiefs, as well as at the College World Series. Even more interesting wasthe fact the owner of the company, Walt Meador, was an alumnus of MissouriSouthern.
"It wasan honor to be involved in an event like this," Coffey said. "Gettingto put on such a fun night for our fans and students all for a good cause,that's the type of thing that we would love to do more. We couldn't have doneit without the partnership and help of Campus Activities Board."
As was donein the 2012 home opener, a fireworks show was also on tap and the two combinedto wow the crowd over and over. The efforts helped raise $2,600 through ticketssold, as well as donations at the door, as nearly 6,000 people saw thepost-game spectacular.
"I don'tthink anyone will ever forget that home opener," said Director ofAthletics Jared Bruggeman. "This is something that they came to me aboutand it was a no-brainer. We saw how the masses came to the aid of the people ofJoplin in its time of need and this was the least we could do."
Top Sports Stories in the 4-StatesTop Sports HeadlinesMore>>