April 19, 2005
Seattle - Washington's annual Spring Fling takes place Saturday, April 23 with several activities highlighted by the annual Spring Football Game. This year's Spring Fling also includes the Husky Football Experience clinic for kids, the UW-Cal crew races and a volleyball intersquad scrimmage. Parking is free on campus starting at noon.
Husky football fans have their first chance to watch the football team in action under first-year coach Tyrone Willingham. Kickoff of the game is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. in Husky Stadium. Willingham plans on dividing the team into Purple and Gold squads and having them compete in a game format. After the Spring Game the team will hold a cookout for family and staff.
The Spring Game will air live on KJR-AM with Bob Rondeau and Chuck Nelson calling the action. The broadcast starts at noon with a pregame show featuring the Husky Honks - Dave Mahler, Hugh Millen and Dick Baird.
Prior to the start of the Spring Game, the annual Husky Football Experience will be held in Husky Stadium for children ages 12 and under. The Husky Football Experience is a hands-on clinic that allows kids to interact with members of the Washington football team in a series of skills stations, including tackling, passing and kicking.
Registration for the Husky Football Experience begins at 9 a.m. on the west end of Husky Stadium and the clinic runs from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45. The first 500 registrants receive a t-shirt and lunch. A registration form can be downloaded from the Spring Fling link at gohuskies.com. For more information call (206) 543-2210.
Fans arriving early can watch one of the oldest rivalries in Washington athletics history when the Huskies host California in crew on the Montlake Cut. The races begin at 9 a.m. The dual series with the Golden Bears dates back to 1903 on the men's side and 1977 for the women's teams. The Husky men lead the series 66-27-1, including victories in two of the last three races. The UW women have won 22 of 28 races, but lost to the Bears last year in Redwood Shores, ending a streak of 13 consecutive wins in the series.
The Husky volleyball team's scrimmage will start at 10:30 a.m. in the East End Gym of Bank of America Arena. After reaching the Final Four during the 2004 NCAA Volleyball Championships, the Huskies should be another top contender in 2005 under national coach of the year Jim McLaughlin.
Fans who attend each of these events are eligible to win one of many prizes, including an Ultimate Husky Package, which will include tickets to numerous Husky events and other Husky merchandise.
The Husky Team Store will also be holding its annual spring sale to coincide with Spring Fling. Fans can also pick up 2005 football schedule cards and other promotional items at the Spring Game.
New to this year's Spring Fling is the UW Alumni Association's Celebrity Pancake Breakfast from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the north concourse of Husky Stadium. Cost is $6 for Alumni Association members and $8 for non-members.
While Spring Fling concentrates on the Husky athletics program, there are a host of activities that will take place on campus as part of the inaugural Washington Weekend that runs Thursday through Saturday. Complete details are available at the Alumni Association's website www.uwalum.com.