Meet BGSU’s No. 1 Falcon fan
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer
Saturday, 31 August 2013 09:03
Even if you don't know who Sue Shunk is, you have probably heard her thunderous "Go B-G" shout at Falcon athletic events.
|Falcon fan Sue Shunk is seen inside the Stroh Center. (Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
It's time now to put a face and story to that voice.
Shunk is a Bowling Green State University falcon die-hard. Her passion for the university exudes not only from her booming cheers, but also her loyal following of athletic teams all over the country.
On any given day the Bowling Green resident, and Toledo native, is outfitted in BGSU attire. Rarely does she remove her orange visor, and she is sure to accessorize with school colors. Her car is orange and her house is decked out in Falcon memorabilia.
"I can't get out there and spike it for them and I can't shoot three-pointers, so I guess I can show my support with my voice," Shunk said.
"Some people are blessed with a lot of money and other people show their support in other ways."
Many know her simply as "BG Sue."
"Originally, I was 'Hockey Sue,' but that didn't pick up like 'BG Sue' has."
Her current moniker was coined by former BGSU volleyball player Stephanie Swiger in 2006.
However, her passion for BGSU dates back much further. In 1961, Shunk left BGSU with a good impression after earning a "superior" rating on a science fair project competition at Overman Hall.
Her connection with BGSU deepened when she returned to the campus to earn a specialist degree in educational administration and supervision in the 1970s. She competed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Toledo
"I taught all day and then I went to class at BGSU. Then I would leave class and use my student ID to get into games," she said.
Shunk is retired from Toledo Public Schools where she taught elementary physical education for 33 1/2 years.
The first BGSU athletic event she ever attend was a volleyball match in 1976.
Since then, Shunk has become a mainstay at home games and many away games, too, for a variety of teams.
She has been to Cancun and the "Sweet 16" in North Carolina to cheer on the women's basketball team, traveled to Maine to support the hockey team, and trekked to Penn State to watch the volleyball team win its first ever NCAA tournament match.
"I've been all over," she said. "I think out of the 50 states, I have 17 left to go."
She's put over 80,000 miles on her orange Honda Fit - most of those were traveled to watch her Falcons.
One of her favorite memories as a Falcon fan came in 1984 when the BGSU hockey team won the national championship. She listened to the game on the radio.
"I got in trouble with my neighbors down below us because we were so excited we were jumping up and down and we broke the plaster loose from the ceiling."
While she takes on a supporter role now, Shunk is a former athlete and coach. She coached girl's basketball at Rogers High School in the 1970s. She took over the position post-Title IX.
"I had to learn a lot of it as I went because when I was playing you had six players and you couldn't cross the center line," Shunk said.
"In high school, all we had were intramurals," she said.
When she isn't on the edge of "her seat" at Falcon athletic events, Shunk is active in charity work for the Wood County Humane Society, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Falcon Club and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. Last year, she also started line judging for Division III volleyball.