Coop the Cardinal’s birthday was celebrated in the Marketplace on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Marketplace was decorated with birthday balloons and streamers, and there were games and a photo booth set up for students as well. Students were also able to purchase prizes for 50 cents, eat cake or cupcakes and meet Sammy Spirit.
Forever Red organized the event, with committee head Crystal Yang coordinating much of the activities.
“The most work that goes into planning the event is meeting with the members of the committee to decide what we actually want to do,” Yang said.
There are several facets to the event, including coordinating with Dining Services and generating ideas for fun ways to raise money.
“We meet with Dining Services to figure out a day that works for everyone,” Yang said. “Then, we start bouncing around ideas on what we want to do at the event such as games, food and the different ways that we want to raise money for student scholarships while celebrating red pride at the same time.”
Celebrating Coop’s birthday has been going on for about four to five years on campus.
This year, Forever Red decided to raise money to fund student scholarships during the event.
“We had awesome donations from all over the campus,” Forever Red member Megan Reece said. “There were a bunch of games where you could win either another ticket for a free game or a donation prize.”
For many people, this was their first time celebrating Coop’s birthday.
“It was so much fun,” Forever Red member Sarah Tapp said. “It took a lot of preparation, but Forever Red wanted to be able to share Coop’s birthday with everyone.”
The event gave students an opportunity to meet SVSU’s mascot, raise money for student scholarships and have a good time with friends in a positive atmosphere.
“I have heard some great feedback from Forever Red members as well as other students on campus that they really enjoyed the atmosphere that was held at Coop’s Birthday,” Yang said. “We strive to create a great experience for not only SVSU students but for the staff of SVSU as well. We wanted to create awareness of raising money for student scholarships and create an event to celebrate SVSU’s mascot, Coop, and give him the recognition he deserves.”
Reported by Abby Welsh, Vanguard Reporter