WASHINGTON – It was "Gallaudet University Football Day" in the District of the Columbia on Tuesday, March 4, as members of the 2013 Gallaudet football team had the privilege and honor to meet Mayor Vincent C. Gray at the Wilson Building.
The team received a proclamation from the Mayor's office and had the chance to show-off their new Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) championship rings to the Mayor. Coach Chuck Goldstein and the team's captains presented Mayor Gray with his own Bison game jersey (No. 1) and an ECFC championship sweatshirt. The Bison completed a record-setting season where they went 9-2, won the ECFC championship and made their first appearance in the NCAA tournament.
"We want to thank Mayor Gray for taking time out of his busy schedule to recognize our University and football program for the great success we experienced this past season," said Goldstein. "This is a rare opportunity for most people, we are thrilled that our student-athletes got the chance to experience this and to meet the Mayor."
The Mayor's office welcomed the team to the Wilson Building as the team got the chance to go into the Mayor's media press conference room. Those in attendance got the chance to watch ESPN's "Gallaudet Way" story done about the Bison from last November before Mayor Gray, who grew up near Gallaudet, extended his congratulations to the team.
"We were all rooting for you guys to go undefeated [last season]. We were with you and I think there were a lot of people around the city, who were with you all," said Mayor Gray. "The [Gallaudet football] program is a winner now and it has placed Gallaudet on the map."