This past weekend was an incredible time for ESPN the Weekend. There were hall-of-famers, Olympic Gold Medalists, celebrities and fans – lots and lots of fans. The weekend is all about the fans and the athletes and stars that spent the weekend at Disney’s Hollywood Studios showed their appreciation to the fans that came.
The weekend actually started on Thursday with a few events around the Walt Disney World Resort, but the main events at Disney’s Hollywood Studios began on Friday. With a full day of events from the rope drop at 9:00 am to the final Super Bowl Trivia Challenge with Howie Schwab and featuring NFL Hall of Fame Quaterbacks, Jim Kelly and Warren Moon.
One of the fan favorites at the rope drop was the inclusion of some NFL cheerleaders. The Tampa Bay Buccaneer Cheerleaders opened the event on Friday morning to a warm greeting by the fans.
Saturday morning brought another perfect day and the Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders meeting and greeting their fans at the park. Many in attendance had the ladies calendars for them to sign and the Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders spent a lot of time working the crowd before the rope drop.
The Orlando Magic Cheerleaders, however, took a different spin on their appearance at the event. They put on an amazing slam-dunk exhibition at the ESPN Sports Zone. The ESPN Sports Zone not only allowed closer access to some of the athletes, but also interactive booths for tennis, football, baseball and more.
The Orlando Magic Cheerleaders took over one of the basketball courts on Saturday afternoon to display their prowess around the rim and the crowd loved it.
Wrapping it up
The weekend was amazing and the folks from ESPN and the Walt Disney Co. put on a tremendous show that really allowed the fans to get close and personal with these athletes and stars from ESPN. From major leagues stars like John Franco to Olympic Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor the spectrum of athletic greatness was included in the weekend to insure men and women, children and adults had someone they could interact with and learn from during the event.
We will continue to post videos and commentary from the event, including video footage, audio and photos from ESPN the Weekend. If you missed it, make sure to plan for next years event.