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Visitor essay: BYU is a ‘class act,’ welcome addition to Huge 12

by Barb Howe

On behalf of the Goodwill Metropolis Ambassadors (Mountaineer Nation Tourism Ambassadors) with the Go to Mountaineer Nation Conference and Guests Bureau (CVB) — we needed to share our current experiences with our higher group.

For individuals who don’t know, the Goodwill Metropolis Ambassadors organized when WVU joined the Huge 12 to welcome followers of visiting groups. Since 2012, yow will discover our volunteers stationed across the Coliseum and Milan Puskar Stadium on WVU Soccer sport days. We’re additionally the pleasant faces you see driving the ADA courtesy shuttles to help each dwelling and visiting followers searching for help. As a result of our function, we see and listen to loads — particularly from visiting followers.

As Mountaineer followers know, we welcomed Brigham Younger College to the Huge 12 this 12 months, and we welcomed them to Morgantown on Nov. 4 … what a constructive expertise it was! Our volunteers had been so impressed by the generosity of BYU followers. We’ve got by no means seen others donate to the group because the BYU alumni did via their e-book drive for the WVU Nursery Faculty. As a new-to-us custom, it was defined on WAJR and in The Dominion Publish that this custom embodied BYU’s slogan of “Enter to Be taught. Go Forth to Serve.”

Along with the e-book drive, BYUtv handed out “Hi there West Virginia” gameday buttons that featured our Mountaineer mascot throughout WVU’s Mountaineer Week.

As the sport began, followers had been stunned when a participant entered carrying the West Virginia state flag — one other BYU custom new to us. The BYU coach apparently didn’t know we solely sing “Nation Roads” once we win, however the truth that the crew stayed on the sphere and apparently even sang together with WVU followers — was one other visiting crew “first” and sophistication act.

It was clear to us that the BYU group didn’t come to only play soccer however to make a constructive contribution to our Mountaineer group. We’ve got shared this identical sentiment with BYU’s president and representatives of WVU.

Barb Howe has been an envoy since 2012. She wrote this with help from the Mountaineer Nation Tourism Ambassadors and the Go to Mountaineer Nation Conference and Guests Bureau.