In what has become one of the most popular traditions at Georgia Southern University, Freedom, a male American Bald Eagle, takes flight before each home football game. Freedom came to Georgia Southern University in 2004 and has been trained to soar above Allen E. Paulson Stadium making it one of the most anticipated pre-game traditions in all of college football. Launching from high above the field, Freedom flies and lands at midfield to the roar of thousands of Eagle fans.
In more recent years, Georgia Southern has also used Freedom to conclude the University's Spring commencement ceremony. The eagle flies over the graduates during the playing of the University's alma mater, making him the only eagle to fly during an outdoor graduation event. Freedom is actually one of three American Bald Eagles that call Georgia Southern University home. The University's Center for Wildlife Education and Lamar Q Ball, Jr. Raptor Center (link to: georgiasouthern.edu/wildlife) houses eagles as well as numerous other raptors and animals. The Wildlife Center, the only one in the country to be located in the heart of a major university campus, welcomes tens of thousands of visitors every year.
Freedom is actually one of three American Bald Eagles that call Georgia Southern University home.