Temperatures in the teens may be daunting to some, but not to the die-hard fans at the annual Apple Cup football game between the University of Washington Huskies and the Washington State University Cougars.
With more than 81,000 employees in Washington state — many with personal or family ties to the schools involved — Boeing is once again sponsoring the Apple Cup as part of its commitment and giving back to the communities where employees live and work.
This year’s matchup between the rival schools took place in frosty Pullman, Wash., but as the proud sponsor of the time-honored tradition, the first 10,000 fans to arrive received warm scarves from Boeing to help ward off the wind.
Todd Zarfos, Vice President for Engineering Functions and the Washington State Design Center at Commercial Airplanes, is also Boeing’s liaison to the University of Washington, who won this year’s Apple Cup. He helped present the game trophy to his alma mater alongside Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.
“I think that everyone knows that we design and build the best airplanes in the world,” said Zarfos. “And this event is an opportunity to showcase how we are world class in our support to the community as well.”
Fans at the game, agree. “I think it’s definitely excellent,” said Cougar fan Gary Bielenberg. “It’s a great gesture by Boeing, especially for the state of Washington.”
By Deborah Feldman and Jordan Longacre