The mom and little brother of a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy won the school's first spirit video contest for the Army-Navy Game.
The contest invited fans of both teams to submit their own spirit videos last month. The academy and West Point each chose their top three videos, and fans voted for the winners through Facebook.
"The video was all my 9-year-old Vincent's idea. He admires his older brother so much and has missed him a lot since he left in June on I-Day," Vicky Vandiver said in an email.
Nicholas Vandiver is a first-year student at the academy.
Vandiver said she heard about the contest through an article on Annapolis Patch and Vincent asked if he could enter "and send [it] to his big brother as an electronic greeting card from home."
Vincent stars in the video and "battles" Army while dressed in a martial arts outfit and dancing to Korean Pop singer Psy's "Gangnam Style." The midshipmen at the academy re-made Psy's song this September for their own spirit video.
"Vincent thought the mids video was the best thing ever," Vandiver said.
She recruited family and friends to the Lafox Martial Arts facility in Campton Hills, IL on a Sunday afternoon in November. She said they decorated the gym, dressed up and filmed the video over the course of about an hour.
As a reward for winning the contest, Vandiver and her son won two tickets to this Saturday's Army-Navy Game, two pregame on-field passes and a parking pass. Their video will also be played on the video board at Lincoln Financial Field during the game.
"It was a labor of love from a little boy who loves the mids more than anything and wants to be just like them," Vandiver said. "We are in Philly now touring the Liberty Bell and can't wait to go to [the] game Saturday."
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