TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- With Washburn's homecoming being so close to Halloween, it's no surprise the theme of this week has been Fear the ‘Bod. Even with the scary sentiment, alumni still felt right at home.
Don't sound the alarms if you get scared. Washburn University's going for the fear factor with their homecoming theme, Fear the ‘Bod. Along with that theme, the homecoming parade welcomed alumni and brought back memories.
“Homecoming or not we always come to the games. I've been a huge supporter since I was a tiny girl like my daughter,” said alum Sandy Piggs.
Piggs' family is deep rooted in tradition at Washburn. She's a second generation alumni, following in her father's footsteps.
“Sandy and her dad were football buddies since she was about three years old. Since we lost Dad in January, Sandy had wondered how she was going to continue to go to games without him. I stepped up and said it is my turn to take up football,” said Piggs’ mother, Jane Smelser.
The homecoming parade helped Smelser remember a Washburn memory she says she holds close to her heart.
"Our very first date was a Washburn basketball game back in 1963,” said Smelser.
This family's memories do start in the past when it comes to Washburn, but they also practiced a more recent parade tradition with daughter and granddaughter Miley.
“She's been a cheerleader since she was about two. Every year we go get her a new outfit. She loves parades and candy."
It will be a while before Miley thinks about going to college, but her cousin is a freshman there now. And that’s something the family says they're proud of.
“My grandson is going to Washburn. It's a pretty good family tradition,” said Smelser.