Return of the Pigskin Pass

TU and University of Delaware student-athletes team up to raise funds for Special Olympics

TOWSON, Md. (Sept. 18, 2007)—Towson University student-athletes will take part in the second Pigskin Pass, a 58-mile relay run from the 50-yard line of Delaware Stadium at the University of Delaware to the 50-yard line of Johnny Unitas ® Stadium with the purpose of delivering a special game ball prior to kick-off of the annual TowsTowson Tiger mascot and University of Delaware mascoton-Delaware Football Game, which is slated for 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 22.

Saturday morning, Delaware student-athletes will run the ball half the distance to Festival Park in Aberdeen, where they will be welcomed by Aberdeen Mayor, S. Fred Simmons, and Towson University student-athletes, coaches and administrators. Following a brief ceremony, Delaware’s Blue Hen mascot, You Dee, will hand the ceremonial game ball off to “Doc,” TU’s mascot, and the Towson student-athletes will run the ball the rest of the way to Unitas Stadium prior to kick-off.

Officers from both Towson and Delaware’s Student-Athlete Advisory Councils will present a check for the money they have raised together for Special Olympics programs to Maryland and Delaware Chapter representatives. Last year, close to $13,000 was raised between the two rival schools.

The students’ objective in taking on this challenge is to raise money for each school’s respective Special Olympics chapter. "Growing up as athletes, we experience the joys and challenges that go along with playing a sport,” says Claire Rietmann-Grout, president of Towson’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council. “These experiences greatly impact on who we are. It’s an honor to fundraise for the Special Olympics through the Pigskin Pass. It allows us to create opportunities for others to participate in the sports that have provided us with life long lessons and memories."

Pigskin Pass runners are currently seeking donations for the relay through an Adopt-A-Mile sponsorship program. For a $250 contribution to Special Olympics Maryland, donors will be recognized in a post-event thank you ad in the Towerlight, Towson’s campus newspaper. Any business or individuals interested in sponsoring a mile or supporting a runner with an amount of their choosing can donate at or by sending a check payable to “Special Olympics Maryland” to: Special Olympics Maryland / 513 Progress Drive, Suite P / Linthicum, MD 21090. Individual contributions over and above $58 ($1 per mile) are eligible for a commemorative T-shirt.







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