||Rebel Road Trip rolls through Tupelo
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — For the third consecutive year, Ole Miss' "Rebel Road Trip" has made its way through Tupelo.
The BancorpSouth Arena hosted this year's Tupelo stop, which was Thursday and included athletic director Ross Bjork, head football coach Hugh Freeze, and women's head basketball coach Matt Insell.
The eleven-stop tour began Sunday in Dallas and concludes in Hattiesburg and Biloxi on Friday.
It's an opportunity for the coaches to meet Rebel fans in person in these cities, and Ole Miss officials get the opportunity to share what's going on at the school and what's ahead.
"We can't do it just with players and vision and coaches alone," Freeze said. "We have to have the support of our people, and this is one of those places where we know we have strong support, and we want to continue it being that way, so, it's important to us to get out and spend time with them."
At the Tupelo stop on Thursday, Bjork announced that the athletics department had received a $2 million gift. The donor's name has not been released yet, but Bjork said the donation will go toward the university's "Forward Together" campaign.
"Peer pressure helps in fundraising, so when people see other people making gifts like this, then it definitely propels a lot of momentum moving ahead," Bjork said.