Spring semester is the time for fans to venture into Plainsman Park and enjoy the start of the 2017 Auburn Tigers baseball season.
Diamond dolls, a student organization, are the official hostesses of the baseball program. They are fan-based, working closely with Auburn Athletics Marketing during the games to carry out promotions and increase crowd interaction.
The interview process for Diamond Dolls consists of two rounds. The first round involves personality questions, to better get to know you. The second round is more baseball knowledge, and being able to understand the rules of the game. Some questions revolve specifically around the Auburn program. This season, 35 ladies were chosen to be a Diamond Doll, not including the six members of the executive committee.
The Diamond Doll organization has played an important part in senior Kaleigh Garner’s Auburn experience. “As a transfer student, Diamond Dolls has allowed me to meet a great group of girls, who share the same passion and love for baseball as I do,” she said. “I’ve been involved with Diamond Dolls for two seasons and love being able to interact with the fans and work hands-on with the baseball program.”
A typical game day involves either working the field or helping with pregame activities. “When we work the field, we rotate every two innings. We’ll either be in the home dugout, visitor’s dugout or in right and left field,” said Garner. “During the pregame we work as an usher, greeter, pass out programs or work in the baseball alumni room. We arrive at the field an hour and a half before the first pitch. Each game lasts about three hours unless there are extra innings.”
Philanthropy is another important part of this organization. Current Diamond Doll secretary and junior, Breanna Perkins, talks about supporting the Miracle League and fundraising. “The Miracle League is an organization that gives children with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball,” she said. “We volunteer at their games and fundraise for these events by hosting Benefit Nights.”
The baseball program is a close-knit community. “They truly care about the people that work the games,” said Perkins. “I met a teacher whose student was just diagnosed with Leukemia. The next day I was able to get him a signed poster by all the players, and I think that shows how they use their platform to do good.”
Diamond Dolls is a great way to get involved on campus. “Being a Diamond Doll, you have the opportunity to be intertwined within the baseball organization, all while bonding with girls that have the same interest as you,” said Perkins.