Some garage walls are covered in shovels, hammers and gardening tools. Scott and Jolene McCoy’s garage walls are covered in Iowa State football and basketball team posters that Scott’s collected since 1996. And when he ran out of wall space, he moved on to the ceiling.
“The reason why they’re in the garage is that’s the room of the house that I get to decorate,” Scott says. “I don’t have a man cave.”
But the posters don’t just serve as decorations. They serve as reminders of important games and an expression of the McCoys’ Iowa State pride.
Some of the posters hold special significance for the McCoys, who have been tailgating at ISU games since 1989. Many of the posters remind Scott and his family of important games or seasons that were especially memorable.
Sports have always been a big part of the McCoys’ lives. Scott played football for Geneseo in high school and even played on the team that won the state championship his senior year.
And now the McCoys’ children, Riley and Carly, have inherited the interest in sports — particularly Riley. Riley, 14, plays basketball for Kingdom Hoops, a regional basketball team. Scott and Jolene say sports have brought opportunities to talk about life lessons and skills with their children.
“I think that where sports bring value is that they give an opportunity to talk about life skills like teamwork, determination and learning to get along when you don’t always agree,” Jolene says.
Scott and Jolene say they have always been sports fans, but they have never pushed Riley and Carly into athletics.
“I don’t think it was a conscious effort (to get Riley into sports),” Jolene says. “Riley just has his own drive.”
Scott says Riley has always had his own interest in sports, ever since he started playing on organized teams in elementary school.
“Riley has a drive, ambition, and will to be the best he can be,” he says.
But no matter what Riley and Carly do, Scott will keep collecting his ISU team posters.
“There will come a time when I run out of room, and I don’t know what I’ll do,” Scott says. “But I doubt I ever get rid of them.”