Kevin Bacon mania At USF: From Footloose to Philanthropy

Tampa, Florida -- On Tuesday night students and members of the community packed the atrium of USF's Marshall Center, snaking through the halls and coiling around the building.

Only two words are needed to describe the reason for this mania.

Kevin. Bacon.

As part of the university's lecture series, this is the hottest ticket in town. An event where mother and daughter can be fans that span a generation.

"I've been watching him for years and years and [my daughter] is into him too!" beams Bridget and Shannon Burg.

"Ever since I was a kid, we grew up dancing, me and my mom would watch Footloose together. I love him and watch him on The Following." Says student, Tara Hartman.

Some were in line since 3:30 in the afternoon.

"I'm an actor, and have been here since 5:30!" says one man, the first in line for the non-student section.

After all the waiting and anticipation, the auditorium filled to capacity and Bacon was received with ear-deafening cheers.

During his presentation, Bacon spoke of his game, the 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon, and how it started as a game and became a cult following.

"It had taken off as a drinking game, and I thought I'd be responsible for all this young alcoholism" smiles the actor.

Bacon went on to describe how he realized with the help of some Newman's Own products (the charitable line from actor Paul Newman) in his refrigerator, he realized that 6 Degrees game could become be a catalyst for change. He realized how his celebrity could be used to bring awareness to philanthropic efforts and that by using something small as social media, can make great change in the world.

You can learn more about Bacon's organization, at


To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment