September 18, 2013
Tech athletics department again to auction off game-day experiences with equipment staff
Goal is to name an endowment after longtime equipment manager Lester Karlin

BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech athletics department announced Tuesday that it is once again sponsoring an auction that will reward three football game-day experiences with members of the equipment room staff. All proceeds from that auction will be placed in a Virginia Tech Athletic Fund endowment, which funds student-athlete scholarships. The ultimate goal is to establish an endowment in the name of longtime equipment manager Lester Karlin.

The game day experience begins with the North Carolina game on Oct. 5, and the winner gets to bring a friend. He or she and the friend will arrive at the stadium 3.5 hours before kickoff and get to experience a game through the lives of those who work in the equipment room. An equipment room full-time worker, graduate assistant or student will escort the pair throughout the day.

The other two game-day experiences up for auction will be for the Duke game on Oct. 26 and the Maryland game on Nov. 16.

This experience includes an all-access tour of the equipment room and football facilities, assisting in setting up the Hokies’ locker room before the game, taking a photo with head coach Frank Beamer while holding the prestigious Virginia Tech lunch pail, watching warm-ups and then listening to Beamer’s pregame speech before going through the tunnel and standing on the sideline during the game. The winners will wear the same official Virginia Tech clothing that the coaching staff wears. The experience wraps up with the postgame presentation of the game balls in the locker room.

Karlin, a 1974 graduate of Tech, has worked in the equipment room for 34 years, starting in 1978, and remains one of the most popular people in the Tech athletics department. He also is popular among former players, many of whom keep in touch with him and return to Blacksburg just to see him.

Fans can go to this link – - to place a bid for the game-day experience. Bids for the North Carolina game-day experience close on Friday, Sept. 27.

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