Peruna’s Pals, the official kids club of SMU Athletics, will kick off its 2014-2015 season with a family-focused event Saturday, September 6, at 7 p.m. at Moody Coliseum. SMU alumni, as well as all Mustang fans, are invited to bring their youngsters for a fun-filled night at the SMU vs. Oklahoma volleyball match.
Peruna’s Pals is open to children ages 12 and younger. The 2014-2015 membership, which is valid through July 31, 2015, costs $20 per child and $15 for each additional child in the same family.
Current members and those who join at the launch event will receive a free Peruna’s Pals t-shirt, backpack and membership card.
Other members-only benefits include:
- Free admission to volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s soccer and women’s basketball regular season games*
- Discounted tickets to select football games*
- Monthly email newsletter
- Birthday card from Peruna
* Tickets subject to availability.
SMU alumni Tom Jiede ’94, ’00 and wife Valerie Chauvin Jiede ’96 say their entire family has gained from the Peruna Pal’s experience. The Jiedes are members of the Mustang Club and hold season tickets to football and men’s basketball games and try to make it to some soccer matches. Showing Pony pride with them at every event are their children, Elizabeth Rose, 8, and Henry Joseph, 6, members of Peruna’s Pals.
Elizabeth performs with the Mini Mustangs, the cheer squad of 5- to 10-year-olds coached by the SMU Pom Squad, and was thrilled when she was named the Peruna’s Pal of the Game at a basketball game last season. So far, Henry’s favorite membership perk has been the birthday card from Peruna.
“We thought it would be fun to engage the kids more in SMU activities and support the programs on campus that involve families,” Valerie says. “It has turned out to be a great opportunity to meet other families and young fans while showing our support for SMU student-athletes.”