By Aaron Simmons
When it comes to Reinhardt athletics the university is considered an NAIA powerhouse and owning this esteemed title would not be possible without a support system.
Reinhardt University tight-end Quantavious Williams appreciates the fan support that the Eagles have accumulated recently. Williams credits the fan support for team motivation, adding a large following in such a small community is beneficial.
“The fans are very important; without the fans there is no reason to go out and play. They motivate us, they cheer us on every game win or lose they are behind us,” he said. “We are a small family-oriented campus and the more support, the more victorious we will be.”
Defensive lineman Jonquise Graves echoed his teammate’s sentiments.
“The fans keep us pumped up and we feed off of their energy,” Graves said. “Coming from an athlete you like performing in front of a big crowd so you’d want to see as many people there as possible. Having fans there is a way to show everyone how hard we’ve worked.”
RU Football’s defensive assistant Matthew Prather said since Reinhardt is a small community, it’s imperative that the support system remains strong.
“The fans at Reinhardt should come support the athletic teams because 9 times out of 10 a student is an athlete at the school, so everyone should support each other in other sports,” Prather said.
Being a small and growing university such as Reinhardt has its benefits. The small town feel and family orientation among the campus is irreplaceable. It is highly encouraged that all students of the university get up, get out with friends and go support fellow students both on and off the field.
“The fans are like the wind beneath our wings. Without them, we cannot fly as Eagles,” Williams said.