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Hokie Nation Outshines Mother Nature at Fan Day

A chilly rain fell from the sky Saturday morning, but that didn’t keep a throng of Hokie faithful from standing out in the deluge before pouring through the gates into Lane Stadium for the inaugural Virginia Tech Football Fan Appreciation Day. Hokie fans of all ages scattered through the concourse, getting players’ and coaches’ autographs, taking pictures with the HokieBird and cheerleaders and getting excited for the 2014 football season. The hashtag for the day was #VTFanDay, but for the Tech fans in Lane Stadium, messages on social media included “big crowd,” “awesome,” “happy kids,” and “GREAT day!” Hokie Nation certainly didn’t let the bad weather dampen its good time!

Student-Athlete Q&A

Men’s basketball player Adam Smith interviews Ashley Meier of Virginia Tech’s fifth-ranked women’s soccer team.


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Optimism Abounds at Media Day

Detrick Bonner, his Hokie teammates and head coach Frank Beamer were optimistic about the upcoming 2014 season at Virginia Tech’s annual Media Day held Saturday morning at Lane Stadium.

“Our goals are to win the ACC championship,” Beamer said “and when you win that, now you’re definitely a player in the four-man field for the national championship. Now it’s [winning the ACC] a way to get to the national championship. So our deal is let’s win the ACC championship and then go play for the national championship – and win that.”

Tech returns 14 starters from last year’s 8-5 squad. The Hokies open the season on Aug. 30 against William & Mary.


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Learning and Putting Virginia Tech’s Motto into Action

Members of the football, women's soccer, swimming & diving and lacrosse teams put the call to serve into action this summer, taking a Global Citizenship course with studies conducted both on-campus and at Virginia Tech’s Caribbean Center for Education and Research in Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic. The university's motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), is the very heartbeat of the international service-learning course. The students worked closely with Peace Corps volunteers and Deportes Para La Vida, a Dominican NGO (non-governmental organization) and worldwide affiliate of Grassroots Soccer. Along with their studies, the Virginia Tech student-athletes offered a 5-day camp that focused on HIV/Aids prevention and basic sports instruction. Embedding themselves in the local culture, the student-athletes dug deep into the leadership, policy and development challenges the island country faces in hopes of growing as leaders and serving others.

Concentration

Rookie receiver Cam Phillips watches the ball all the way into his hands as the Hokies prepare for the season opener against William & Mary and the season ahead.

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