Bobbleheads are trending! First Hilary Clinton, now emotional band member! On Thursday, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum launched a Kickstarter to produce bobbleheads of Roxanne Chalifoux, who became an online sensation when a TV camera captured her crying while playing the piccolo in Villanova’s band after the number one seeded Wildcats were upset by N.C. State in the NCAA Tournament in March.
A rendering of the bobblehead depicts Chalifoux, who became known as the Piccolo Girl, in the pose that was caught on TV. The Kickstarter seeks to raise $5,000, with contributors receiving the bobblehead and other unique rewards. It is unlikely that the bobblehead will be produced in a larger quantity if the Kickstarter goal isn’t met. A portion of the Kickstarter proceeds will go to Roxanne and the Villanova University Band.
Phil Sklar, Co-Founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, stated:
“Like millions of Americans, I have always been captivated by the NCAA Tournament, and this was one of the most memorable moments this year. It highlights all of the emotions on and off the court and symbolizes that agony of defeat. After the tournament ended, we realized that a bobblehead would be the perfect way to capture this unique moment forever.”
Chalifoux is currently a biology major with a psychology minor. She has played in the Villanova Band since her freshman year and loved every second of it. Although the piccolo gets all the credit, she is also an avid bassoonist. She is officially a Villanova Band alumna and will be graduating from college on May 15. She then heads to the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in August to pursue her dream of becoming an optometrist.
“It was heartbreaking to see the team disappointed, and it was heartbreaking to realize my pep band days were officially over. I loved cheering for the Wildcats throughout my four years and really invested myself this season as a senior. I’ve made great memories at Villanova, and I consider myself very lucky to have had so many incredible experiences.”
National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum Co-Founder and President, Brad Novak, added:
“This will be a great memento for current students, alumni, faculty, administrators, basketball fans and collectors. Bobbleheads are very popular and we encourage people to back the Kickstarter to ensure you don’t miss out on this very unique bobblehead!”
The first 250 Kickstarter Backers will receive the bobblehead at a discounted price of only $15 plus shipping, with the price increasing to $20 for subsequent Backers. The campaign is set to close on June 5th.
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