Professors Support Student-Athletes at @AU_WSoccer Game

Women's Soccer players with their professors for group photo after game.

By: Kristan Bravo, SOC/BA'18

WASHINGTON- American University Women’s Soccer hosted a special game on Wednesday against Navy. In partnership with AU Athletics marketing, the Student-Athlete Support Program (SASP) encouraged players to invite professors that have positively impacted their lives at AU to watch them compete.

The program is called Very Important Professors (VIP). Along with students and family members, a handful of professors came out to Reeves Field to cheer on their students as they faced a tough opponent in Navy.

Professor Deborah Demille-Wagman was invited to the game by freshman forward/midfielder Toni Williams.

“I was really touched by the fact that she nominated me,” said Demille-Wagman. It’s nice to get the feedback that you’re actually making a difference.”

Demille-Wagman teaches American University Experience (AUx) courses which are designed to provide students resources as they transition to their first year of college.

At halftime, the professors were individually asked to stand and be recognized for their continued dedication to the student-athletes. Despite the 2-0 loss to Navy, smiles were had after the game as the players greeted their professors that came to support them.

Professor Demille-Wagman made cookies for Williams to have after the game.

“I was a soccer mom for many years so I love watching soccer,” said Demille-Wagman. “My kids are out of the nest so it was nice to have someone to watch play again.”

In addition, Wednesday’s game also featured free chocolate milk and “Got Chocolate Milk?” towels for the first 100 fans in honor of National Chocolate Milk Day. AU Athletics partnered with Harrisburg Dairies to receive the in-kind donations which were distributed to fans throughout the game.

The District Day for women’s soccer is set for Sunday at 2PM against Colgate. Follow the team all season long by clicking here!

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