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Cheers to our #goldengrad18 winner

Future Spalding baseball player knocks his graduation party out of the park

Steve Jones

Spalding just wrapped up a contest inviting members of its incoming freshman class to rep their new college in some way at their recent high school graduation parties or commencement ceremonies, then show that Spalding Golden Eagle spirit on social media, using the hashtag #goldengrad18.

We had some great golden entries, and it was a tough decision, but Deaglan Malally of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School in Georgia, was the winner – with a home run of a Spalding-centric graduation party.

Malally, who plans to play for the Spalding baseball team, attended his party wearing a Spalding baseball T-shirt and cap, and had a baseball-themed table decked out with a Spalding flag and blue-and-gold decorations and snacks, including lollipops and personalized Spalding chocolate bars.  Our Spalding marketing department might have to steal a few of these ideas. 🙂

Congrats to Deaglan and his family. They’ll win a $200 gift card to go toward decorating his new room in Louisville. We can’t wait to have you join us on campus in the Class of 2022!

Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations on finishing high school. You’re all golden grads!

By the way, we always love to see and are eager to share Spalding students, alumni, faculty, staff and their families showing their Spalding spirit on social media.

Headed out of town for a vacation? Going to a ballgame? Hanging out on campus? Sitting at your desk at work? Take a picture while wearing your Spalding gear, waving a Spalding flag or showcasing your spirit in any other way you want, then post it and tag us on Twitter @SpaldingU or Instagram @SpaldingUniversity or use the hashtags #spaldingu or #spaldinguniversity. Or you can email it to us at

And if you need some Spalding gear, visit for a huge selection.

Here were the other #goldengrad18 finalists, who will all receive a T-shirt: