CAF Member Spotlight (July 2017) - The Hardees
The July 2017 CAF Member Spotlight features Craig and Richelle Hardee from Aynor, S.C.
Are you alumni of Coastal Carolina University? If so what year did you graduate?
Craig graduated from CCU in 1999 with a major in finance and a minor in marketing. "I fought the 501 summer traffic to take May and Summer classes to finish in three years. Looking back, I don't know why I was in such a hurry."
Richelle graduated the following year with a physical education degree.
What made you become a Chanticleer fan?
I've always felt like Coastal was home for me. I can remember coming to baseball games here when the Myrtle Beach Blue Jays used to play here. My Mom graduated from here when it was Coastal Carolina College in 1975 as a Gamecock. You could say that I've watched our chicken evolve into a mighty Chanticleer!
What do you look forward to the most about coming to a Coastal game?
I really enjoy the fellowship and tailgating before and after the games. Richelle and I have 3 children ages 14, 11 and 7. There is always something for each of them to do and they really look forward to going.
What are your children's favorite aspects of attending the games?
-Our oldest daughter Emma (14), enjoys hanging out with her friends.
-Our son, Hayden (11), loves everything about Coastal football. He attends the summer (BAM) football camp and has gotten to know some of the players and coaches personally. The tailgating food rates pretty high with him also.
-Our youngest daughter, Layna (7), enjoys watching the dance team and cheerleaders.
What makes you most proud of Coastal Carolina?
The way Coastal has grown and has planned for future growth makes me proud to be a Chanticleer. It also makes me feel like a proud parent when I'm out of town somewhere wearing my Coastal attire and someone says, " How about them Chanticleers?"
What made you decide to become a member of the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation (CAF)?
Just being able to show my support not only to the University, but also to the different athletic programs at Coastal has always been important to me.
If you could describe your game day experience in three words what would they be?
I'll diet Monday .