What a whirlwind 24 hours I had within the normal craziness of this past week. The kind of days I absolutely live for.
Less than two weeks ago, I thought being able to attend Lady Vols Day at the Capitol was just a shot in the dark. A fellow Lady Vol logo supporter asked me if I would be there, and I thought a little more about it but figured there was no real way for me to make that happen, for a combination of reasons. Another gracious supporter extended her airline miles as a gift, to fly me into Nashville and I just HAD to see if I could make it happen. Some switching at work, and a day later, my mid-week flight to Nashville was booked, and I somehow managed to squeak out two days in a row away from my favorite lemons.
A few days later, I found myself up early on a Tuesday morning preparing to pack my necessities into a small overnight bag to jet off to Nashville to celebrate the Lady Vols. And what a wonderful experience it was. I flew into Nashville by way of Atlanta, where I ran into another LV heading to the same place. We had no idea we would be on the same flight but had arranged to have dinner with each other, her father (a State Representative for the State of Tennessee) and another former Lady Vol coming into Nashville for the cause. Dinner was a slew of catching up, brainstorming and excitement, and then I headed off to stay with a former teammate/roommate for the night. I have been so lucky to see three of my best friends who I hadn’t seen in over a year and a half, in the same ten days! Anyway, we caught up over a glass of wine, Valentine’s Day chocolates and Pretty Little Liars…so reminiscent of our time together in Knoxville.
An early bedtime followed because we had to be up bright and early to get ready for a long day downtown…and a late flight back to Cleveland, less than 24 hours later.
The six-am morning wakeup came too quickly, but we got ready, made a coffee run, and headed off for the Tennessee State Capitol. After too much walking and some “where do we gos?” and “are we in the right places?” we found our friends in the Legislative Plaza setting up tables. We headed over to the Gallery for our introductions shortly thereafter, and had the pleasure of meeting an overwhelming amount of support and celebration for our Lady Vols from Senators and State Reps alike. The Tennessean came to document and take photographs of us with Legislators and even the Speaker of the House. I had such overwhelming gratitude for the warm welcome we were given at the Capitol. They all made us feel so supported and at home. It was surreal to meet so many well-respected members of the Tennessee General Assembly.
We shuffled off after our introdution to meet and take photographs with Governor Haslam. Following the photo opportunity we headed back up to our Lady Vol table where our spirited supporters were anxiously awaiting our arrival. They came prepared with a slew of Lady Vol décor and were decked out head to toe. They passionately began reaching out to passersby to discuss the removal of the logo, and bring awareness to the history and legacy the Lady Volunteers have built over generations.
While those ladies manned the table, former LVs, myself and a few others spent a large part of the morning and afternoon speaking with members of the Senate and State Representatives, shedding light on the dissolving of the Lady Volunteer name and logo. We were met with so many appreciative and supportive responses. And it was wonderful to be able to meet and shake hands with the people that do so much for the State of Tennessee.
We had a lot of great conversation and all felt very honored to be recognized in such a prestigious setting. What an awesome trip, that I am overwhelmingly grateful to be apart of, because of the generosity of another!
A special thanks to Senator Becky Massey, State Representative Roger Kane, his daughter and former Lady Vol Holly Kane, Pam Hanson, Karla Driesler McQuain and the rest of the awesome ladies who played such a tremendous role in making this event a huge success.
Cheers to the Lady Vols, and cheers to not giving up the fight. As Pam, put it in one of our meetings, sometimes you don’t beat your opponent the first time around. It took my volleyball team two tries to beat Florida, but once you get that win…all the work is worth it. And the Lady Vols know how to fight!
Ps. For those of you wondering after my last post, why I should be, but am not in Greece right now. Things once again turned upside down and fell through after the team in Athens sent me my first contract. It has turned out to be such a blessing in disguise because I have been able to be so hands on with this Lady Vol campaign.