02 Aug Embracing Opportunities – August 2018
When the whistle blows for the kickoff of the first quarter of the UCF Knights football games, volunteers at University Carillon will have guided up to 520 cars to their parking spots, handed out 800-1000 hot dogs and greeted hundreds of fans headed to Spectrum Stadium.
UCF built an on-campus stadium in 2007 (moving from the Citrus Bowl in downtown Orlando, where they had played since 1979), and the church found itself in a prime spot to park game-goers. (“We either had to prevent parking … or embrace it,” Pastor Chris says. “We decided to embrace it.”) That started one of University Carillon’s most visible and most enjoyable outreach opportunities.
Now, on any given football night, 7-10 people are on duty just to guide parkers, and 20-25 people show up to grill hot dogs, pass out food and water, and engage fans as they walk by the front of the church.
Not all who park here are from UCF. Many of the opposing teams have learned that University Carillon is a friendly parking venue, and now their alumni associations help us spread the word.
It’s work—no question—but game-day volunteers tend to be passionate about what they do. Steve “Hutch” Hutcherson has been volunteering at games since early on. He recently relocated to Ormond Beach, but hasn’t quit his job as a parker. He plans to drive back as often as he can to help out.
If you want to get in on this fun and impactful outreach opportunity, contact Thom to learn about the parking team (ThomFawcett@ucumc.net) or Pastor Chris (ChrisAkers@ucumc.net) to check out the grilling team.