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Tailgates? There’s an App for That

Sharp-eyed readers of the New York Times may have recognized some familiar W&L names in a Nov. 8 story about websites and apps that help people plan tailgate parties. Caroline Hundley, mother of Hal Hundley, a football player and a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 2014, is a satisfied customer of one of the websites—ourtailgate.com—which is the brainchild of Harry St. John, a member of the W&L Class of 2009.

It’s all in the name of efficiency, Harry told the paper and explains on the site (along with his brother, Kevin): “As former college athletes who participated in pre and post game tailgates, we watched parents agonize over these events week after week. We created a platform to allow organizers to easily set up events, invite participants and let them enter what and how much they are bringing. Everyone has exposure to what is needed and what is already accounted for by others.”

Caroline, who rounded up the whole W&L team for Harry’s website, is relieved that the handy tool slashed the number of e-mails she formerly received while organizing tailgates for the families of the team members. The Times reports that 100,000 users had signed up for the site; no doubt Harry, who is a business development manager at Dstillery, an advertising and marketing firm in New York City, has been busy adding more since the story ran.