A crowd of Citadel Blue flocked to the Uptown Market Thursday evening to take pictures with “Emmett,” the Greater Greenwood Club’s bulldog topiary and connect with Citadel alumni, cadets and Greenwood high school graduates destined to be cadets in the fall.
Tom Jordan, the Greater Greenwood Citadel Club’s president, said he was happy to see supporters of The Citadel coming together.
“We all gathered today for a family rally,” Jordan said. “We started doing this a year ago and this is going to be an annual tradition.”
Jordan, who graduated from The Citadel in 1979, said the event brought six incoming freshmen to the school. Twelve current cadets were present, along with several more alumni.
This year’s Festival of Flowers included a Citadel topiary, a bulldog who wears a collar that reads, “Emmett.” The bulldog was named after Emmett Davis, the late co-founder of engineering firm Davis & Floyd and a titan of business in Greenwood. Davis died in 2016.
“Our club had been trying to do that, and Mr. Davis died two years ago,” Jordan, the vice president of Davis & Floyd, said. “Davis and Floyd sponsored Emmett the Bulldog. We’re taking that, because they had the (Clemson) Tiger (topiary) and the (South Carolina) Gamecock and the (Lander) Bearcat. ‘Spike’ is the name of the real Citadel mascot but the topiary is named Emmett.”
One of the future cadets who joined the group for a dinner at Fat Daddy’s Barbecue was Jack Alvarez. Alvarez graduated from Greenwood Christian last May and is set to join The Citadel’s football team. Alvarez was an All-Lakelands selection after leading Greenwood Christian to its most successful season yet in SCISA Class 1A and a playoff berth.
Alvarez said he knew many of the fellow incoming classmates from the area.
“I’m really excited to go to The Citadel with these guys,” Alvarez said. “You see the brotherhood that they have, and it’s really awesome to know you finish and you’re a part of that forever.”
Alvarez will join Greenwood High School alumnus Von Ramsey, who enters his sophomore year, at The Citadel.
Last season, running back Rod Johnson, who is from Ninety Six, returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the final minute of a 38-31 win against Mercer. Johnson was named the Southern Conference player of the week for that week.