Washington will hold its annual Picture Day at Husky Stadium from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Fans will be allowed on the field to meet members of the football, soccer and volleyball teams. Admission is free, and there also will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks.
Coach Tyrone Willingham is always a big booster of Picture Day, and he had this to say about the event:
"Picture Day is a good day for our guys to really understand their value to the community. For me the fond memories are watching little kids who one day want to be those big kids. To me, that's the fun day when you get to see that, and hopefully our guys value that experience and value that they are being looked at a little different than even they perceive themselves. As we always tell them, for those that have been given much – and the opportunity to stand on the field and have somebody have the desire to have their picture taken with them or ask for an autograph is a responsibiliity, and they have to understand what that means and kind of live up to it and be the role models that we need for young kids."
(By the way, great things can happen when players and their young fans mix. For example, UW walkon quarterback Taylor Bean has one terrific such story, which I'll include in my UW quarterback roundup for the Saturday TNT.)
By the way, South Sound fans planning to attend Picture Day are reminded that Saturday is the first full day of major construction on Interstate 5 south of downtown Seattle, and significant traffic disruptions are expected.