The cast and crew from the Ringling Brothers Circus including some big animal friends joined forces Wednesday with UT cheerleaders.
Their goal was to bring an entertaining show for some local children in a football setting.
The kickoff to football brunch was a pep rally of sorts featuring some of the circus' biggest performers-elephants.
The UT Cheer and Pom Squad taught children some popular UT cheers while elephants snacked on some fruits and vegetables for brunch.
At the end of the event the elephants enjoyed some football fun--catching and kicking around the pigskin.
It was all held in anticipation for the start of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey's show Dragons at the Frank Erwin Center.
Circus staff says the event wasn't just a great experience for the kids but also for the performers.
"The most important thing for the elephant is we want to keep their minds stimulated. Circus, the entertainment business, is the easiest way to do that. It's the most entertaining, it's the most fun way, and it's great for the elephants," senior elephant handler Joey Frisco said.
The circus starts Aug. 21 and goes through this Sunday Aug. 25.