The Golden Eagles football team will honor veterans in its final home game with camouflage uniforms on Military Appreciation Day Nov. 23.
Tech will wear the uniforms when the team hosts Austin Peay. Kickoff is set at 1:30 p.m.
“I am so excited to have this day,” said head coach Watson Brown. “I don’t know that there’s enough to say or do for the people who fight for us. I don’t know that words do it. We are going to wear our uniforms in honor of them.”
“It’s a small tribute to our military, and it’s one that everyone involved in the program is excited about doing,” Brown said.
All active and retired members of the U.S. military and their families are invited guests of the Golden Eagles. Those who work in public safety fields and as first responders are also invited by Tech Athletics to attend.
Brown said the players are also excited about the uniforms.
“They love it,” Brown said. “They think it’s awesome and they’re ready to wear them.”
The head coach said the uniforms have become a tradition for the Golden Eagles.
“We will do this every year,” Brown said. “As long as we have Military Appreciation Day, we will wear these uniforms.”
Brown said the players are ready for every aspect of the game Nov. 23.
“It’s also Senior Day and Scout Day, as well as Military Appreciation Day,” said Brown. “[Austin Peay] is an in-state school, which makes it a pride game. We’ll win it. We’re ready to get out there.”
The Golden Eagles will recognize the team’s 12 senior players in pregame introductions.
Leveda Dexter, director of corporate sales and marketing, said Tech Athletics is making special arrangements for Nov. 23.
“We are currently working with the ROTC department on campus for unique items to be displayed in the 98.5 Kiss FM Tailgate Park,” said Dexter. “The tailgate park opens at 10:30, and our Golden Eagle Football team will continue its newest tradition of the Golden Eagle Walk at 11:15. Live music will be provided on the stage, and we have a few tailgating spaces open and would encourage everyone to come out to tailgate with us. We are also working on a special presentation at half time as well.”
Dexter said there is also a ticket special being offered to fans.
“Each individual with a ticket to the football game on Nov. 23rd also gets a free ticket into the basketball game that night when our men’s team host Milwaukee at 7:00 p.m.,” Dexter said.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Athletics Ticket Office in the Hooper Eblen Center at 931-372-3940. To reserve a spot in the 98.5 Kiss FM Tailgate Park, contact Leveda Dexter at 931-372-3937.