UCLA parents get creative at Pac-12 Women's Swimming Championships
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Each group of parents at the 2014 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming Championships brought something special to Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center for their swimmers this week, be it shimmery tree hats (hi, Stanford) or personalized shirts and noisemakers.
UCLA’s contingent thought a little, ahem, bigger than that. The Bruins backers debuted a brand-new set of “Fatheads” – oversized cutouts of the team members’ faces – to cheer on their daughters on day 2 of the conference championships.
Tom Hacker, father of team captain and senior Hayley Hacker, came up with the idea about a month ago as just one of many ways for the parents to surprise their swimmers throughout the week. It’s Hayley’s last Pac-12 Championships, so he wanted to make sure it was a special one for her and the team.
“The thing is, how can you create a special experience for your kid? They’re great athletes, and they don’t get the credit they deserve because it’s not a revenue-generating sport in college like football and basketball.”
“We know it’s a popular thing nowadays with the big NBA players, so why not for big NCAA swimmers?”