Xander York-Staff Writer
Dordt College football is turning its social media trends into reality.
Twitter followers of Dordt Football, Aaron Bingo, Joe Bennett and other Defender staff are familiar with certain hashtags and social media trends, such as #PTP, #IndustryStandard and #Locomotion.
One of those social media trends is becoming a Dordt College reality.
“We just thought about what #Locomotion means and how we could use that message beyond social media to continue to turn Dordt football into an #IndustryStandard program,” said Head Coach Joe Bennett.
Defender football is transforming #Locomotion into #Locomotive. This time, instead of using Twitter, Dordt will use a real locomotive.
The journey from #Locomotion to #Locomotive is an interesting trip, one that started online and culminated into a trip to North Carolina.
“I was bored in between NCAA Tournament games and Oregon didn’t play until later that night, so I just started scrolling through the LetGo app,” said offensive coordinator Aaron Bingo. “That’s where I saw her.”
Bingo discovered a unique option for sale on LetGo: a train. Such a distinct item for sale caught Bingo’s eye, especially because the machine was being sold at the fair price of $15,000. Unable to get the locomotive off his mind, Bingo mentioned it during a coaches meeting the following day.
What started as an interesting fact turned into a serious discussion: could Dordt actually use this train to its advantage?
The coaches meeting quickly turned into a planning event, one in which three phone calls were placed: one to the Dordt Business Office, one to Athletic Director Glen Douma and one to Kevin Lemming, the owner of the locomotive.
Getting the support of Dordt College was the easy part.
“Getting the $15,000 took one phone call,” Bennett said. “With our football program owning an actual locomotive, recruiting top-flight athletes should be easier than ever. And earning $15,000 is easy when you increase student tuition each year.”
Convincing Lemming to part ways with his locomotive proved more difficult than anticipated. Lemming got cold feet before the deal was finalized, forcing Bingo and Bennett to visit him in North Carolina to make one last pitch.
After three days of meetings and four different occasions of drafting deals, Bingo and Bennett closed the deal with Lemming.
In return for ownership of the locomotive, Lemming received $16,373.89 and a lifetime season pass to Dordt College football games.
“[Lemming] was a lot harder to convince than I thought [he would be],” Bingo said. “But I’m the best we’ve got to offer when it comes to recruiting, and there’s no deal I can’t close.”
Bingo and Bennett intend on returning to campus on March 30 with the locomotive in tow. Dordt plans to place the locomotive adjacent to the football locker rooms, where its horn will replace the cannon that is fired when the Defenders score.
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