The Hail State Paint up team represents the strong and proud Bulldogs in every home game of the season


STARKVILLE, Mississippi (WTOK) – They’re known as the rowdiest group on campus.

“Just the best way to support our friends,” said Alex Crow, member of the paint team. “There is no other way to watch a soccer game than to stand topless in the cold and scream.”

The Hail State Paint Up Squad rings their bells and cheers for the front row in every home game at Davis Wade Stadium. They sit in the north end zone and are always in the front row and are always the first in the stadium.

Paint crew member Jack Parr said: “Originally we were supposed to go get the front row seats, but now we’ve booked it. But by tradition, we must always be the first here. “

The painting team started in 2014 as a group of roommates and has now grown into an unofficial official school organization. Although they are spontaneous, there is a strategic plan for the whole operation.

But no matter the weather, the team is always shirtless and ready to represent.

Paint Team Leader Jack Adamski said, “We’re hot and ready to go. This? It is only a formal dress. Nothing in the weather will prevent us from supporting our boys. “

Each week the process begins with counting the guys and seeing how many there are. Next comes to determine what they will spell.

Parr said: “We don’t even really discuss what we’re going to paint until we’re in the stadium, people might spit ideas into the line but that’s normally not chosen until you know, we’re starting to paint. “

Anyone is allowed to join the paint crew, but there are a few rules.

Adamski said: “Obviously you have to stay the whole game, you have to sign up for at least five games per season and when you start you’re NOT going to be a critical letter in case you aren’t actually signed up.

Gathering the students together every Saturday and attracting a ton of attention, but this group only supports and welcomes everyone.

Paint Up Squad member Taylor Essary said, “One thing I love is weird for me, it’s like it’s so positive for the body, like everyone has a different body. . Different body shapes just a little boost of confidence a little fun.

The crew attracts a lot of attention. At first, Morgan Penrod, senior, just wanted to help the crew make sure their letters looked good. And now she devotes all of her pre-matches to making sure the guys are painted perfectly!

Penrod said: “I mean, they’re just the campus thugs and uh, I’ve been doing this since I was in first grade and noticed some of their lines weren’t really clean so that is just a fun way for me to spend my time before the game and these guys are really fun guys to hang out with.

The Egg Bowl will be the season finale for the Paint Up Crew, but they plan to try and make it to a bowl game to support the Bulldogs once again this season.

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