GoDaddy Bowl Game

By Nicole Renard
Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2013
It seemed like the fireworks just went off on New Years Eve as my plane took off for Mobile, Alabama. Before the ball had a chance to drop I was thinking about the ball I would be holding at the bowl game just a week away. My month long adventure was just beginning and I couldn’t be more excited.

The first week of January I was treated like royalty at the GoDaddy Bowl. From painting parties, the Mayors Luncheon, touring the USS Alabama and even visiting children at USA Women’s and Children’s Hospital, there was too much excitement to contain. Meeting Brett Favre and Jake Peavy was pretty exciting & then I went bowling with the players. If you’re wondering if trying to bowl with about 100 college boys who are an average of 6 feet tall is intimidating…it is. Haha! Luckily they let me play in the same lanes with the cheerleaders which was fun…they didn’t mind when I granny-shot all of my bowling balls. 😉

I will never forget riding in the Greer’s/ Mardi Gras Parade. Sitting on the back of a car with Kathy, my chaperone, and Megan, Distinguished Young Women’s Marketing and Communications Director, while we threw hundreds of colorful beads, moon pies and stuffed animals was an experience I don’t think will ever leave my mind. When we finished riding we were able to go back to watch the rest of the parade where I stood on a chair wide-eyed as the exquisite, neon floats, came down the streets. Then my amazed eyes turned into ones of great fear as mounds of beads came shooting at my face from the masked characters on the floats. I thought I was going to die as they were hurled down at me in piles. But apparently everyone loves it and that’s what you do in the South, so I stretched out my arms and put as many on my neck as I could. It’s Mobile’s version of a Lei.


The game on Sunday was as thrilling as ever. This was my first non-high school football game & for this one I had field passes! I was about to go on to the field with Mayor Stimpson for the coin toss when it began to rain. So he wrapped a towel around my head and said keep dry. 😉 After the coin toss, we enjoyed the game from the side lines and also watched it on the television in Alabama Power’s warm sponsor tent. Arkansas State took home the prize for the second time in a row. It was surely a successful weekend.




The rest of that week was filled with sponsor visits, a Be Your Best Self presentation and a tour of both the University of South Alabama and the University of Alabama. By that time, Megan and I were in Birmingham for our next big adventure, which I will tell you all about in the next blog post so stay tuned!! Thanks for reading this and for always supporting me, you are the best! Remember to follow me on Instagram: nicolerenard7 and Twitter:@DYWofAmerica to stay up to date with what I’m doing and keep being distinguished!!

Love always,
Nicole Renard

Nicole Renard is a college freshman at Chapman University in Orange, California majoring in TV Broadcast Journalism. Originally from Kennewick, Washington, Nicole was a participant in the Distinguished Young Women program and was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Washington for 2013 and the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2013. Learn more about Nicole here!

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