Louisville celebrates Biggest Fan of the Big East

Patti Swope joins Steve Springer in flashing the “L” sign during the presentation ceremonies at Volvo of Louisville in a gathering of University of Louisville supporters and friends.

New York had its celebration at center court of Madison Square Garden in March. Tuesday was Louisville’s turn. 

Steve Springer, the Biggest Fan of the Big East, was in town again Tuesday, traveling the 225 miles from Murray in his Volvo S60 to a celebration in his honor at Volvo of Louisville.

Patti Swope was there, as were her cousin Dick Swope, CEO of the Sam Swope Auto Group, University of Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz, and Ann Coffey of the U of L Advancement Office. There to honor Steve,  a fierce competitor who beat out contestants from 15 other Big East cities in the Volvo-sponsored contest that ran from October through March.

Steve has been driving the vehicle for a couple of months now, already accumulating about 3,800 miles believe it or not. Still pinching himself, trying to comprehend that he actually won the car of his fantasies.

Dick Swope, chief executive officer of the Swope Auto Group, prepares to present the ceremonial keys to Springer.


Accepting the check from the Volvo Corporation were Ann Coffey, of the U of L Advancement Office and Jeff Walz, U of L women’s basketball coach.  Steve Springer and Dick Swope make the presentation.

And of course the observer, Charlie Springer, wanted to be among those celebrating a once in a lifetime event involving his son.

All Cards fans here, no doubt about it. The Swopes assuring themselves of the observer’s continued business, his having purchased his last six vehicles from those folks.

The winner soaks it all in, preparing to drive off in his Volvo S60, still thankful for all the support from University of Louisville fans during the contest. 

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

4 thoughts on “Louisville celebrates Biggest Fan of the Big East”

  1. Thanks, Jonesy. Patti is even more attractive in person. Quite easy to talk to, enjoyed meeting her in person. Dick Swope is pretty sharp, photographic memory, knows his basketball, and is very cordial.

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