Parents enjoy family atmosphere during Parents and Family Weekend

TROY parents and family members enjoyed a band party on Friday evening and a pre-game tailgate on Saturday.

TROY parents and family members enjoyed a band party on Friday evening and a pre-game tailgate on Saturday.

The family atmosphere of Troy University was on full display last Friday and Saturday as Troy University hosted its annual Parents and Family Weekend.

More than 700 family members attended a band party event on Friday evening featuring the band Mojo Hand and a tailgating event Saturday afternoon prior to the Trojans game against James Madison University at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Despite a stormy forecast that forced the events indoors, the weekend confirmed for many parents what they had already believed – TROY is a family place.

Parents and family members enjoyed a band party featuring the band Mojo Hand on Friday night.

“I think it is just a good connection point and it builds a sense of community,” Reid Ward said of the event. “The communication as a part of the TROY Parents Association puts us in touch with other families, and throughout the year, it has been helpful to be able to connect with others on different things.”

Ward and his wife, Rayanne, have a son and a daughter currently attending TROY.

“We’ve enjoyed it,” Rayanne Ward said of the weekend’s events. “We enjoy coming to the games.”

Ricky and Amy Brooks said events such as Parents and Family Weekend are a good representation of the sense of community on campus.

“TROY is welcoming. It’s homey, it’s fun and social,” Amy Brooks said. “Our children are thriving. As parents, we feel at home as well.”

Robert and Juanette Stringer have a daughter who is a sophomore at TROY.

“This is our second year as a part of the TROY Parents Association,” Juanette Stringer said. “I think it is a great event, and I would like to see the University plan more activities like this.”

Joanne McBrayer said she feels the connection with the University is very important.

Smiles and laughter were prevalent as Trojan families interacted and got to know each other on Friday night.

“We’ve been very connected with the University,” McBrayer said. “I know how important it is to stay connected with your child, but also with the University. As parents, we should make the most of our opportunities so that we can help our children grow as a part of Troy University.”

George Walters said the overall atmosphere of TROY is very welcoming.

“It is very personable,” he said of the University. “Our daughter told us today at lunch that she wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

Events such as Parents and Family Weekend show that TROY is committed to creating and maintaining a sense of community, said Paul Hart, who has a daughter attending TROY.

“There is a community sense about TROY, and there is definitely a desire to create that sense of community,” he said. “I think that is pretty cool.”

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