(This item is actually about Maryland, Georgetown and the Nats. Figure all the scarf news belongs in the same place.)
The Crew — the student supporters group for Maryland soccer — turns 10 this year. In honor of the anniversary, the program invited students to practice on Thursday, distributing about 1,800 free supporters scarves, with players and coaches shaking about 1,800 hands.
The school had planned on distributing 1,000 scarves; they wound up getting nearly twice that many fans.
“An incredible event,” Coach Sasho Cirovski called it.
“I never could have imagined this many people coming out the night before a game,” Crew President Dillon French said in a release. “It just shows that there is so much excitement and there’s so many people aware that this is going on. It’s perfect. I love it. In 2003, when everything started, it was pretty small and then today we have over 1,800 kids show up for a free scarf. Every generation it gets a little bit bigger and a little bit better and that’s the goal.”
The Stonewalls, the Hoyas’ soccer-style men’s basketball supporters group, got into the soccer act Thursday night, joining with the school athletic department and the Hoya Blue spirit group “to cover the Georgetown campus with hundreds of the Stonewalls’ signature supporter scarves,” according to the group’s site. “The scarves were accompanied by a scarf tifo in campus’s central ‘Red Square’ and signs instructing students to put their ‘Scarves Up’ at soccer games this season.
“Scarves were placed in trees, on light poles, on fences and draped around campus landmarks like the famous statue of university founder John Carroll that sits at the main gates. The scarves were also tagged with information about the Stonewalls as well as 2013 schedules for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams.”
The group wound up giving away 200 scarves. Many were retrieved in inventive manner. Find more photos on their Facebook page.
The Nats are giving away these scarves to the first 25,000 fans who enter the ballpark through the Center Field Gate on Sept. 22.