Grayson outpaced seven other babies to win the inaugural Diaper Derby during the halftime show of Saturday’s East Tennessee State University and Western Carolina men’s basketball game inside Freedom Hall.
“He’s been crawling like crazy, but I didn’t know if he’d actually do what we wanted him to or not,” Grayson’s mother Annie Guy said following the race. “It’s overwhelming and exciting.”
Grayson trailed for half the race but rallied to be the first to cross the finish line, into his mother’s arms.
One parent even used a banana as a lure in an attempt to make their baby crawl faster, but Grayson was not going to be caught.
“I’m just really proud of him. He did really good,” Grayson’s father, Jordan Guy, said.
Those who competed had to be between six and 12 months old.
For winning, Grayson earned a custom ETSU and Johnson City Honda Power Wheels vehicle. The second- and third-place finishers won basketballs autographed by ETSU head coach Steve Forbes.
The event was sponsored by Johnson City Honda and organized by the ETSU Athletics Department.
“The inaugural Diaper Derby is a great way to engage fans, specifically families and kids,” Joe Trujillo, owner of Johnson City Honda, said. “I proudly support ETSU Athletics, and believe in incorporating new and fun ideas that create a great fan experience and memories that will last a lifetime.”