May 26, 2004
The University of Tennessee Athletics Department winds down its 15th annual Coca-Cola Big Orange Caravan this week. Today the caravan visits soldiers at Fort Campbell, with coaches having lunch and an autograph signing session from noon-2:30 p.m. (CDT), followed by a stop at Cool Springs Galleria in Franklin.
A noon golf outing Thursday in Hermitage concludes this year's tour.
"This annual tour is a great way for our coaches to get out and meet the fans that fill our stadium and arena each season," said Mike Hamilton, men's athletics director. "This year we made a few changes to the caravan to give our fans the opportunity to have more interaction with the coaches, and we are elated at the reception our coaches and staff received in the communities."
The 2004 Coca-Cola Big Orange Caravan expanded to include mall visits in five cities with games for children and autograph signing sessions with fan favorites including Coach Phillip Fulmer, Coach Buzz Peterson, Coach Pat Summitt and Bob Kesling.
"Tennessee has a tremendous fan base," Hamilton said. "The caravan is a great opportunity for us to get into the communities and give our fans the opportunity to be a special part of Tennessee athletics."
The caravan, which included visits to 12 cities in Tennessee, Atlanta, Ga., Asheville, N.C., Charlotte, N.C. and Tampa, Fla., began April 19.