Trevecca students have exciting opportunities associated with the school’s location in “Music City, USA,” and the first K-Love Fan Awards, held in the city’s historic Ryman Auditorium during the weekend of May 31-June 2, was one of those opportunities. It allowed students to work on the inside of an event that featured guests TobyMac, Amy Grant, Jeremy Camp, and Phil and Kay Robertson and Jase and Missy Robertson of A&E’s popular television show Duck Dynasty.
K-Love, a Christian Broadcasting group with 14 million listeners per week, sponsored the K-Love Fan Awards and brought on Trevecca as an event sponsor to provide volunteers. When the John Sanders Production Company needed helpers for the K-Love Fan Awards, it called Trevecca because the company knew the quality of Trevecca students from its five-year association with Trevecca during Camp Electric, the music camp for young Christian musicians that has been held on Trevecca’s campus for the past five years. (Camp Electric will again return to Trevecca later this summer.)
Thirty-three Trevecca students and two University employees volunteered to work the K-Love Fan Awards Show. These volunteers gained an inside view of a major fan event. They ran the registration window, packed registration materials, staffed the “merch” tables, served as greeters, were responsible for crowd control on the red carpet, distributed programs, staffed the three “green” rooms for the artists, managed the reception for artists, and organized the lines and managed crowd control for the Sunday-morning worship service. At the conclusion of the event, they packed up the merchandise, dismantled the registration area, and packed and loaded equipment. “These students worked 45 hours in four days, and they represented Trevecca well, earning compliments from the K-Love staff,” explained Leasa Williams, one of the Trevecca employees who worked with the students.
“Working at this event gave me the opportunity to be part of something bigger than I am and the confidence that I made a difference. It meant serving the fans, the artists, and fellow volunteers. Working closely with many Christian artists gave me a new perspective about the sacrifices these artists make for the happiness of the fans,” said Chris Catoe, Trevecca sophomore with a double major in religion and history, from Jacksonville, Florida.