TU students to run 58-mile relay for Special Olympics
Baltimore, MD (Oct. 18, 2006) – Starting at noon on Friday, Oct. 27, Towson University student-athletes will take part in the inaugural Pigskin Pass, a two-day, 58-mile relay run from the 50-yard line of Johnny Unitas ® Stadium to the 50-yard line of Delaware Stadium at the University of Delaware with the purpose of delivering a special game ball prior to the start of the annual football game between the two rival schools.
Towson athletes will run the ball half the distance to Aberdeen on Friday, Oct. 27, where the Tiger mascot will hand the ball off to Delaware’s Blue Hen mascot. The next morning, Delaware student-athletes will run the ball the rest of the way to Delaware Stadium prior to kickoff of the annual Towson-Delaware Football Game at 1 p.m.
The students’ objective is to raise money for each school’s respective Special Olympics chapter.
“Knowing the impact that participation in sports has had on our lives, we feel it is important to support others in achieving all the rewards of sports,” said Ryan Schreiter, president of the Towson University Student Athlete Advisory Council. “Special Olympics is an incredible organization that embodies the spirit of athletics and supporting this mission was a natural fit with the Pigskin Pass.”
The student-athletes, representing various athletic programs at Towson University, will run in three teams, with the first group setting out at noon from Unitas Stadium, running local streets to Route 40 for the remainder of their journey. The second group will take over at mile 10, while the third group will run the remaining nine miles of the leg. Each runner will run at least one mile carrying the game ball, but they are not limited to just that distance and many will likely run more.
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 Baltimore Sun as well as The Towerlight, Towson’s campus newspaper.
Any business or individual interested in sponsoring a mile or supporting a runner with an amount of their choosing can donate online at www.pigskinpass.com or by sending a check payable to Special Olympics Maryland to: Special Olympics Maryland / 513 Progess Drive, Suite P / Linthicum, MD 21090. Individual contributions over and above $58 ($1 per mile) are eligible for a commemorative T-shirt.