Meet the Racers a big success

The children were allowed to run out of the tunnel, just like the Racers.
The children ended the day together with Head Coach Chris Hatcher and the team teaching them how to break it down.

The children ended the day together with Head Coach Chris Hatcher and the team teaching them how to break it down.

Meet the Racers started four years ago when Murray State head football coach Chris Hatcher came to town. The event has grown exponentially since then. Nearly 100 children showed up Saturday to Roy Stewart Stadium for a chance to spend a few hours with the team.

After tossing small footballs and playing around with the players during registration, the children were divided into six groups. Then they rotated around the field to six stations, where they all took turns running drills with the team.

The heat did not stop the children or the Racers from having fun and sharing many laughs with each other. Hatcher said he is not sure if his team or the children had more fun.

After the drills, parents lined up with their children to get autographs from the senior. The children got posters, shirts and other Racer memorabilia signed.

Photos by Ryan Richardson, Sports Editor

The children got a chance to act like linemen.

The children got a chance to act like linemen.

Children ran receiving routes with the players as their quarterback.

Children ran receiving routes with the players as their quarterback.

The Racers allowed the children to work on their tackling skills.

The Racers allowed the children to work on their tackling skills.

The children got a chance to punt and kick early in the day.

The children got a chance to punt and kick early in the day.

The youngsters got to play catch with all members of the team.

The youngsters got to play catch with all members of the team.

The children went face-to-face with Racer defenders.

The children went face-to-face with Racer defenders.

Coaches met the children and talked to them about the team.

Coaches met the children and talked to them about the team.

Children who got to the stadium early got to catch passes from the coaches.

Children who got to the stadium early got to catch passes from the coaches.

Prizes were given at the end of the day.

Prizes were given at the end of the day.

The children were allowed to run out of the tunnel, just like the Racers.

The children were allowed to run out of the tunnel, just like the Racers.

Even the youngest fans got a chance to interact with the players.

Even the youngest fans got a chance to interact with the players.

Players took turns setting up a small field goal for one of the drills.

Players took turns setting up a small field goal for one of the drills.

Senior Casey Duncan signs a helmet.

Senior Casey Duncan signs a helmet.

A young fan got a new helmet signed by this year's seniors.

A young fan got a new helmet signed by this year’s seniors.