UBC's awesome president goes crowd surfing at football game (PHOTOS)

Sep 18 2017, 4:31 pm

UBC’s president is better than your president.

Seriously.

UBC president Santa J. Ono proved it at the Homecoming Game on Saturday. Wearing a blue Homecoming t-shirt and a yellow T-Birds cap in amongst the students at Thunderbird Stadium, the usual bowtie-wearing president did something not many with his job title would try.

He went crowd surfing.

Taking photos with a selfie stick that was handed to him, he cruised through the stands to the delight of students.

“We are all a team,” he said. “If the university and athletics work together, the sky is the limit.”

School spirit appears to be on the rise at UBC, who drew a record crowd of 9,542 for the Homecoming Game. It was the largest crowd ever for a football game at Thunderbird Stadium, and the third-highest ever recorded in Canada West history.

The game was a success off and on the field, as UBC beat the University of Saskatchewan 31-10.

Homecoming, which is quickly becoming a must-see attraction on campus, included a pre-game march and an outdoor festival for fans outside of the stadium.

The kind of energy that only a university crowd can bring to a sporting event is a special one, and having the president on board like he was certainly made it extra special.

Here are some pictures from the rest of Ono’s day:

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Crowd surfing at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium. They handed me a Go Pro to capture it from my vantage point.

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Crowd surfing at UBC Homecoming. Photo credits: Edward Chang

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Who would have thought that the oldest man (me) would jump the highest. Great shot by Edward Chang!

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Remarkably, this isn’t the first time the 54-year-old has done something like this.

Ono went crowd surfing at a football game four years ago, when he was the president at Cincinnati University.

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