Traveling with the team

December 9, 2010

Sophomore Jacob Trojan and freshman Michelle Adegbenro are used to suiting up in red and white and cheering on the men’s basketball team from the sidelines at Carver Arena, but these loyal fans usually stay home when the team hits the road. That wasn’t the case this week, as the Braves traveled to Durham, North Carolina, to take on the No. 1-ranked team in the country.

Trojan and Adegbenro, members of the Red Sea student cheering section, scored the opportunity to travel with the team, nabbing behind-the-scenes access to Bradley’s players and their tight, regimented schedule.

“It was really interesting to see how they handle everything leading up to the game,” said Trojan, an organizing member of the Red Sea. “They ate three meals in six hours to make sure their energy level was just right, and they were really focused.”

The Red Sea members flew to North Carolina with the team, stayed in the same hotel, attended the pre-game shoot-around, and sat right behind the team bench during the game. The unique opportunity and star treatment came at the suggestion of Bradley President Joanne Glasser.

Trojan and Adegbenro were randomly selected from hundreds of eligible Red Sea members who regularly attend Bradley sporting events. Trojan said the spirited group is the largest student organization on campus, with some 600 students registered. The trip to Duke not only brought the lottery winners closer to their team, it also gave them an inside look at the most famous student cheering section in the country.

“Duke’s student section, the ‘Cameron Crazies,’ are considered the most successful in college sports, so I was excited to see how they operate,” said Trojan. “They were very organized, their energy was nonstop, and they had a great variety of cheers through the whole game. I’m bringing back some good ideas.”

Though the Blue Devils outscored Bradley 83-48, the opportunity to travel to a historic college stadium where one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history, Coach Mike Krzyzewski, leads a powerhouse team, was an incredible experience for Bradley players and fans alike. Some 200 Bradley alumni and supporters were in attendance at Cameron Indoor Stadium, hailing from coast-to-coast and as far away as Mexico City.