Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Lady Sailfish volleyball team embarked on an opportunity of a lifetime on Sunday, playing and dancing with the aging-but-still-hip band the Beach Boys.
The Lady Sailfish played the Beach Boys in several volleyball games at the Lake Worth public beach, and were even challenged to a rematch by the California-bred band, according to Coach Bob White. That night, the cheerleading team performed onstage with the band at the Kravis Center for two songs.
The volleyball team members didn't go easy on their celebrity opponents, as spikes and kills flew across the sand during the games. Spectators primarily consisted of men and women with cameras looking to get a picture of the famous band.
Coach White expressed excitement when asked about the event. 'It was a great opportunity to show the band young ladies who could really play volleyball and who were also great examples of women of faith," he said. "I think they were impressed with our team’s enthusiasm and level of play. The girls loved rocking out to the classic Beach Boys tunes at the concert that night."
The cheerleaders, instead of cheering for sports, took to the stage to cheer with a band that has been touring and recording since their parents' and grandparents' generation. Backstage, they danced and had a great time, also meeting every member of the band.
"I felt like it was my 15 minutes of fame," said PBA freshman Rachel Vogency, part of the cheerleading team that went onstage with the Beach Boys for the songs Barbara Ann and Be True to Your School in front of a packed Kravis Center crowd. "It was just great to meet them and hear their stories, not to mention meeting John Stamos."
Stamos, most famous for his acting role on the television show Full House, performed with the band and posed for pictures with the cheer and volleyball teams after the concert. When he walked through the backstage hallway, only the PBA girls were heard saying, "Is that Uncle Jesse from Full House? Somebody, quick! Let’s get a picture with him!"
The Beach Boys had been touring across Florida the previous week, and they said Palm Beach was one of their favorite stops. At the volleyball game, Bruce Johnston, whose first recording with the band was its incredibly famous California Girls and who won a Grammy for his hit I Write the Songs, said, "We love the Palm Beach area. We’ve been here many times and we’ve always wanted to come back."