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Tailgate tradition builds at Elwood homecoming

Football moms, from left, Camille Mason, Felicia White,

Football moms, from left, Camille Mason, Felicia White, and Kristin Tiernan have helped coordinate the tailgate gatherings before Elwood High School football games, which is now a growing condition. They bundled up for the homecoming game on Nov. 1, 2014. Credit: Rachael Funk

More than 20 people gathered before Elwood High School’s homecoming game Saturday to share pocket warmers and cups of hot chocolate.

The tailgating party could be better described as a family reunion; women traded thoughts on some of the postponed homecoming activities due to the rain while the men ate chili and sang rhymes about magical fruit.

"Rain, sleet, snow, we're here. Nothing stops us," Felicia White said.

For two years, the families and neighbors of Elwood's varsity and junior varsity players have been celebrating home games with food and community.

It started with breakfast. White coordinated with a few other team parents to put together pregame breakfasts.

After a large response, the group switched to tailgating before games. The nights before a game, the moms also host a dinner for the whole football team.

The group agreed there is a high probability of the tailgating tradition continuing after their players have all moved on to college, as new players are added to the team each year and new families are welcomed to the tailgating crowd.

Explains mom, Camille Mason, "We're like a real family, we really are. . . the boys are very close."

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