It’s my favorite time of the year! I helped kickoff the 2010 season of Friday Night Flights on September 10. The weather was perfect!
Putting on the safety vest
Chopper 10 pilot John Massey helped me get safely buckled in which included putting on a new vest.
Aerial shot over Norfolk
I snapped some pictures from the sky with my camera and my phone. Photojournalist Tom Marks got gorgeous video shots from the air and on the ground once we landed. We tossed out little WAVY footballs to the crowds.
Look at that arm!
Young and old are always trying to catch the souvenirs or simply beg for us to hand them one on the sidelines. Our first stop this year was Bayside High School.
Chillin' with the Bayside kids
They were taking on Cox and the students wore their best red shirts to create a ‘red out’ kinda like the big colleges do on game day with their team color.
Proud Bayside HS Students
Lots of spirit from the cheerleaders, band and student council members who led the rest of the fans in cheering on the Marlins to a win at home.
Sunset over Virginia Beach from Chopper 10
Next stop, the Sportsplex for the Landstown game against Green Run. That place is so big it always looks somewhat empty even when there are a lot of folks there.
The Landstown cheerleaders told me about the great things happening in the school including it was ranked by Newsweek magazine as one of the best high schools in the nation.
Nicole with Landstown cheerleaders at the Sportsplex
They told me about Project Graduation and shared with me the special wristbands every student will receive this school year in honor of Landstown’s 10 year anniversary.
Landstown 10 year anniversary wristbands
Can you believe it’s been 10 years? Really makes me feel old considering that school didn’t even exist when I went to Kempsville.
Our final stop was the Tallwood at Ocean Lakes game. I was really excited to land here because the school officials set me up with some awesome stories. First, I met Danny Alexander.
Danny Alexander, Ocean Lakes football manager
He’s been a manager for the Dolphins for a few years now and he takes his job very seriously keeping the players hydrated and with that million dollar smile-
Nicole with Danny Alexander, Ocean Lakes football manager
I’m sure he always keeps them in good spirits! One guy Danny helps on the sidelines is #50, Josh Mann.
Ocean Lakes football player Josh Mann with his winning shoe design
Josh just won a nationwide competition with Nike in its shoe design competition. He’s started every game at Ocean Lakes and he has a 4.2 GPA! And get this- I remember when Josh’s dad, Brian, was a star athlete at Kellam High School back in the day. His parents and his teachers and classmates sure are proud of him!
Check out all of my photos, WAVY’s photos and viewers photos from Friday Night Flights on our Flickr pages. Don’t forget to send us your pix from the games throughout the season by texting or emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org
It was great meeting new friends and seeing old friends on the sidelines at the season kickoff and co-hosting the show with Bruce Rader again!