To show Central Washington University’s support for the Seahawks heading into Sunday’s NFC Championship game with San Francisco in Seattle, the university today hoisted two Seahawks 12th Man flags. The first top Barge Hall and a second in the university’s Flag Pavilion.
You can watch a video of the flag raising here.
The idea came from CWU custodial maintenance crewmembers Loran Allen and Joe Allemand, after they heard about Governor Jay Inslee’s proclamation declaring Blue Friday in Washington. Allen and Allemand are part of a crew in charge of the flags flown across campus.
“Loran and I had seen that the governor had signed a proclamation to make it Blue Friday last Friday,’” Allemand explains. "We thought we'd talk to President [James L.] Gaudino about the possibility of flying the 12th Man flag on Barge [Hall]."
They subsequently approached the president with their idea, which he heartily supported.
“Since most of our students and alumni live in Washington—particularly around the Puget Sound region—they’re certainly rooting for the Seahawks,” Gaudino says. “Since our students and alumni are the essence of the university, it’s appropriate that the university supports them, and the Seahawks, by putting up the 12th Man flag.”
The flags will fly at least through next Monday. With a Hawks’ victory, which will put them in the Super Bowl, they will continue to wave at least through Monday, February 3.
Allen, who says he’s been a Seahawks’ fan since the team’s inaugural season in 1976, acknowledged, “Raising the 12th Man flag on top of Barge was pretty cool. You could hear all the cheers down on the street and know that we were representing eastern Washington for the Seattle Seahawks, and the state agencies.”
Gaudino grew up in Napa, California, as a San Francisco 49ers fan. As to which team he’s backing this weekend, Gaudino said only, “I’m just hoping for a good, exciting game, because one of my favorite two teams will be going to the Super Bowl.”
Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Loran Allen after raising the 12th Man flag atop Barge Hall
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