UCF president will rush pond with students for annual 'Spirit Splash'

Event will be first for Dale Whittaker as president


ORLANDO, Fla. – University of Central Florida's annual homecoming tradition, Spirit Splash, will not only feature highly coveted ducks signed by first-year President Dale Whittaker, but Whittaker himself will join students in rushing into the iconic Reflecting Pond on Friday at 1 p.m.

Whittaker challenged students in a video on Twitter saying, "If 50,000 students attend our home games before Spirit Splash, I am getting in the Reflecting Pond!"

He tweeted Monday confirming his challenge was accepted by students.


Spirit Splash is one of the biggest events of the year, where students take part in a pep rally in front of Millican Hall and charge into the pond. This is the only time students are allowed to be in the water.

Exclusively designed homecoming ducks are thrown out during this event. This year, Whittaker has signed 40 of these ducks, and students who find them can join him for lunch next semester.


This homecoming celebration is ahead of the Knights game against Navy Midshipmen on Saturday at noon.