Posted: Jun 18, 2012 11:22 AM by Derek Buerkle - KPAX Sports
Updated: Jun 18, 2012 11:24 AM
MISSOULA- Several Montana Grizzlies spent a day in uniform over the weekend but instead of working out on the field, they were getting to know their fans off of it.
Griz Day at the Carousel raised some money for the Missoula landmark by holding a silent auction for signed footballs and basketballs and about 10 players gathered to sign autographs and meet fans.
Senior tight end Jacob Haas came up with the idea for the event and some of his closest friends on the team made it a reality.
"This is important for us as a team just to build camaraderie with the guys. It's a fun thing to do, you know, get out in the community and get to know people. It's just nice to get out and get to know the people, and have people get to know us as human beings and not just football players," Haas said.
"It's fun, you know. When I look up in the stands, I see a bunch of faces. It's good to actually meet them and know their names. And know these are the guys cheering for me. We're trying to show them that we need them just as much as they need us," Griz running back Dan Moore added.
The Griz also took some time riding the carousel with some of their youngest fans and they brought along some footballs and other items to hand out to the kids.