FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — To honor former Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive and help bring enhanced awareness to the battle against prostate cancer, Razorback Athletics is asking fans to participate in a special show of support at this weekend’s football season opener against UTEP.
Fans attending Saturday’s game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium will be provided Awareness Matters stickers (pictured above), which includes a signature blue ribbon and an area for fans to write the name of a loved one or friend who is fighting or has battled cancer. Fans will be able to pick up their stickers and fill them out at the marketing tables located throughout the concourse.
“Our football team will be wearing blue ribbon stickers on their helmets during the game and that inspired us to find a way for fans to participate in this cause,” Senior Associate Athletic Director Chris Freet said. “This is an opportunity for our fan base to personally honor their friends and family that have battled this deadly disease and at the same time, make a major statement on national television.”
During the break between the first and second quarters, the television crew and video board cameras will turn their attention to the fans that have personalized their stickers. In addition to Razorback Nation in the stands, interim-Chancellor Dan Ferritor, Head Football Coach Bret Bielema, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long, and the football assistant coaching staff will wear their own personalized stickers to support the cause. Razorback football student-athletes will also have a special blue ribbon sticker on their helmets for the game.
The tribute ribbons are part of the festivities for the Razorbacks’ Prostate Cancer Awareness Game, presented by Mercy. The UTEP game is set for a 2:30 p.m. start at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium and will be televised live on ESPNU. Single-game tickets are still available. Fans can purchase tickets HERE or by calling 1-800-982-HOGS.