Unwavering school spirit and support for athletics can be hard to find at a Division III university–but that doesn’t stop junior Courtney Fallon.
Fallon is the president of the Carroll Crazies, an organization dedicated to bringing school spirit to every JCU athletic event. She devotes her time to creating a supportive fan base for the Blue Streaks and uniting the student body through athletics.
“The Carroll Crazies has by far been at the heart of my JCU experience,” said Fallon. “Looking at the student section on game days is the best feeling, as I have watched it grow over the last year.”
Her involvement with the Carroll Crazies began during her freshman year, and was later appointed president in the spring of her sophomore year. Since then, she has made huge strides, improving attendance at sporting events and creating a fun, unifying environment for the fans.
“Last spring, I led the Carroll Crazies in putting on the first annual Division III party: ‘For the Love of the Game’ during DIII week to celebrate our athletes and all their accomplishments of the year,” Fallon said. “It was definitely my most memorable night at JCU. I never could have done it without the support of those around me, as everyone and anyone offered to help.”
This event brought together many of the organizations within the JCU community, from Greek Life to SUPB, through their contributions and involvement.
“It was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had because I got to watch the student body, with so many different organizations on campus, unite and pack the [Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center] to show their support,” said Fallon. “It was an awesome example of the John Carroll community.”
Fallon also serves as a tour guide. In this position, she gets a chance to spread her knowledge and love of the JCU community to the next generation of students.
“It’s a great job because it’s easy and natural to talk about my love for John Carroll,” she said. “This school and these people have a special place in my heart.”
Additionally, Fallon works in the Sports Information Department. She is also a Boler Ambassador and a member of Chi Omega fraternity.
Although she is highly involved in campus organizations and activities, Fallon’s passion is rooted in the classroom as well. She recently declared a double major in business marketing and sports administration.
“This summer, I connected with alumnus Mike Cleary to talk about the sports studies program that he was planning to bring to Carroll this fall,” said Fallon. “He convinced me, with his passion and excitement, to be the first student to sign up for the major. “
Fallon noted that her current major would not be possible without the support of the University.
“This whole experience has taught me that if John Carroll doesn’t have something you want, you can make it happen,” said Fallon. “The people around me inspire me every day to be a better person and motivate me to do what I do. If you’re not taking advantage of every opportunity here, you’re missing out.”