UT students and their families celebrate Vols traditions during Family Weekend

(WBIR - Knoxville) Lots of parents were on campus celebrating Vols traditions with their University of Tennessee students.

One tradition shared Saturday -- the Vol Walk. For many UT fans, the Vol Walk is a routine experience, but it was a first for Gregory and Lori Bethel. The Bethels are Memphis, and shared the experience with their daughter, Brittany, a freshman at UT.

Gregory Bethel said, "After her first 30 days, we couldn't wait to get back to see her."

Brittany Bethel said, "It's kind of exciting to see them for the first time in 30 days. It's nice to see them."

Brittany is the first person in her family to attend UT. She said, "[My parents] really supported anywhere I went, so that was fine."

As the Bethels took in Big Orange Country traditions, other families at the university's Family Weekend enjoyed passing on UT traditions to their children.

Parent Greg Tucker of Birmingham said, "[My wife and I are] alumni from UT and it's nice to have our son here in Knoxville now."

Tucker son, UT sophomore Andrew Tucker, said, "My family's graduated from here, grandparents came here, so I just felt I needed to come here. And I really enjoy being here. It's a really nice place to be."

Family Weekend gives moms and dads time to not only involve themselves in the university's culture, but to also see why students selected the school.

Parent Judy Hawkins of Brentwood said, "Academics, definitely football, cute girls. Apparently, we have the cutest girls in the SEC."

Whatever the reason, it seems Hawkins' family is sticking with orange.

She said, "The oldest selected Tennessee. She came here for a visit and it was like a done deal. Then her younger sister, a year behind her, came up for a weekend, stayed in Hess with her, and she was like, 'I'm coming to UT!'. And now we have a nephew who is a year behind her and he's here now."

Who knows, maybe Brittany Bethel is starting a new tradition for her family.

"We're proud parents to be able to be here and enjoy it with our daughter," said Greg Bethel.

Adding to the Volunteer spirit on campus during Family Weekend, UT collected non-perishable food items from families and that food will be donated to Second Harvest Food Band of East Tennessee.


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