Lisa Muma, a Beaumont pediatric oncology nurse, hasn’t missed a Michigan State University football game in the past four years – including bowl games. It isn’t just because she’s a huge Spartans fan. Lisa’s son, Kevin, is Michigan State’s kickoff specialist.
As the perfect send-off to his football career at MSU, Kevin and his teammates will be competing in this year’s Rose Bowl (Jan. 1, 4:30 p.m.) in Pasadena, California against the Stanford University Cardinals. Lisa, of course, will be there to cheer the Spartans on.
“Our family will be flying in on Saturday the 28th and will be staying in LA. We have a very strong parent group and have planned a big tailgate for the prior to the game. We will be able to visit with our sons for short periods of time during the week prior to the game,” says Lisa. “The team will leave for Pasadena on Christmas day.”
With Kevin’s college football career coming to an end, Lisa says she’ll miss traveling to the games and meeting up with the families before and after the games. Kevin began playing football in 7th grade and played at Troy High School before attending Michigan State.
When they last spoke, Lisa says Kevin kept talking about how grateful he was for the opportunity to play in the Rose Bowl. Lisa said, “He remembers watching the Rose Bowl as a child and the opportunity to be there and play in that game is really a dream come true.”
What was Lisa’s favorite memory from this season?
“The Big Ten Championship game was unbelievable! The energy in the stadium was incredible and our team came together to accomplish the goal of winning the Big Ten Championship,” Lisa explains. “We celebrated with the boys, coaches and families after the game at a the team hotel and to see the absolute joy on the faces of the players was indescribable.”
While his football career has provided multiple moments of pride for Lisa and the rest of the family, her proudest moment was seeing him graduate with his Hospitality Business degree.