University holds first all sports rally
A sea of cardinal and gold poured into the Galen Center Thursday night as hundreds of students came together to celebrate USC athletics.
Fall rallies in previous years focused only on USC football, but all sports were featured this year.
âUSC is more than just a football school,â said Daniel Ramirez, director of Trojan Pride and rally organizer. âWe are an athletic powerhouse.â
Naa Adei Mante, a freshman majoring in engineering, said she left the rally more excited about USC athletics than she was before.
âIâm so pumped right now,â she said.Â âIt was exhilarating and I canât wait to see what USC sports have in store this fall.â
In addition to cheering on athletes from all sports, the Trojan Marching Band, Spirit Leaders, Song Girls and the Trojan Dance Force performed.
Arrogant Nation blogger Zack Jerome hosted the event and introduced the teams present.
âUSC is home to some amazing athletes,â Jerome said. âThis university has more Olympic gold medals than most countries.â
Senior womenâs tennis player Alison Ramos said the rally was âabsolutely electrifying.â
âThis is the first rally I have attended and it was so amazing that I regret not going to one during my first years here,â Ramos said. âThe Galen Center was the perfect location for something like this and it added so much too the overall experience.â
Womenâs volleyball coach Mick Haley said he was not surprised the Galen Center was selected to house the event.
âItâs clearly the best place on campus for a rally,â Haley said. âWith 10,000 seats, gorgeous views of the San Gabriel Mountains, and easy student access, itâs ideal for an event like this.â
Collaboration between several student organizations and the athletic department brought the rally to the Galen Center.
âItâs a much better suited location than Heritage Hall or somewhere outside,â said Monish Tyagi, Undergraduate Student Government president. âThe acoustics, air conditioning and beautiful space added a great deal to the entertainment value of the event.â
Menâs basketball coach Kevin OâNeill called the rally a huge success.
âBringing everyone together under one roof was a really smart thing,â he said. âIt was also a smart idea to focus on all sports and encourage everyone to support each other.â
Junior quarterback Emon Saee said he feels more closely connected to non-football athletes after sharing classes, training rooms and participating in Thursdayâs rally.
âI began feeling more connected to other student-athletes the moment I enrolled in the fall of 2010,â Saee said. âI think itâs awesome all fall sports are being recognized because all athletes work hard and deserve to be appreciated.â
When USC athletics were more intertwined in the 1960s and 1970s, an increase in sports and practice space has challenged USC athletics to remain closely unified, according to Haley.
âWith so many sports operating outside Heritage Hall, itâs easy for programs to get segregated,â Haley said.Â âBut in order for athletes to be the best they can be, they have to network, respect, and build relationships with one another. Thatâs what the Trojan Family is all about.â