When Lehigh students think of tailgates in the fall, one word may come to mind: MoCos.
MoCos is Lehigh’s way that students tailgate and pregame for football games. People dress up in everything from funky spandex, onesies, tutus and more. It’s a tradition that has been going on for a couple of years prior to going to football games, but it’s not something every single Lehigh student does or wants to do. With that thought in mind, President Simon decided to hold his own pregame: the President’s Pregame.
The President’s Pregame will be held at President Simon’s house Sept. 3 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. before Lehigh football takes on Monmouth University. Buses to Goodman Stadium will leave directly from the President’s house.
“(It’s) a way I could provide a different option for students to socialize before the football game,” Simon said in an email. “It would also provide an informal opportunity for my leadership team and students to get to know one another.”
The idea for the President’s Pregame was brought up at a Lehigh After Dark meeting by Anna Patterson, an assistant director in Athletic Leadership Development.
Rachel Sholder, ’16, President Simon’s graduate assistant, was present in the meeting and brought forth the idea to Simon. She said she likes the idea of having another option for students who don’t drink, or don’t want to drink at the time but still want to go to a unifying event before a game.
“The idea came from a motivation to make gains in our culture of Lehigh pride,” Patterson said. “Football games are a great opportunity for us to rally around something together, have fun, support our fellow students and celebrate Lehigh. It was a really simple idea to create a space where all of our Lehigh family is welcome to come, celebrate, play cornhole, meet people and head into the game to support the team.”
As an athlete, Brenna Clark, ’17, thinks this is a good idea because it gives another alternative for athletes who have practice in the morning, who may not have time to participate in MoCos, but want to feel part of the football experience.
Sholder said breakfast will be provided, as well as games like cornhole. It will be a trial to see what kind of attendance there will be. Simon says that if it is successful, then perhaps a new tradition will begin.