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UTC Community Downtown Pep Rally

CHATTANOOGA, TENN ( – The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga celebrated their Community Pep Rally with students, parents, and alumni on Friday, October 6.

Three UTC alumni stand and cheer at the Community Pep Rally (Photo by Angela Foster)

The Community Pep Rally was hosted by The University Division if Advancement at Miller Plaza.

This event featured appearances by the Marching Mocs, UTC spirit squad and University football coaches and players to name a few.

“The goal is to engage the Chattanooga community, especially people who work or live downtown. Since UTC is Chattanooga’s university, we want the whole city to know it’s Homecoming!” said Laura Cagel, the Director of Stewardship and Donor Events.

The event started at 12pm, and many participants braved the rain and colder weather to come and support our Mocs.

This event was hosted as a part of homecoming week celebrations, with the particular goal of the event to encourage students to be excited for the homecoming football game that was the next day.

The homecoming theme chosen this year was “UTC and Beyond”, which featured a main photo of Scrappy the mascot in outer space.

The theme of this year’s homecoming was shown at this event with event goers wearing their university homecoming week swag.

UTC spirit teams gathered on stage to celebrate homecoming week. (Photo by Angela Foster).

Several UTC departments were present at the pep rally with tables for information and free homecoming themed swag.

When asked why the event is held downtown instead of a location on campus, Laura Cagle replied, “Sometimes it’s difficult for off-campus people to get to campus, especially during the workday, so we hope that having the pep rally in a central location downtown will make it easier for people who work downtown to attend. We anticipate that people will just walk over from their offices during their lunch break. We have many alumni who work downtown, and – while the event is open to anyone regardless of if they’re a UTC alum – we want to make it easy for them to engage.”

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