After a year of empty stadiums and coronavirus protocols, college football triumphed this week.
While Americans across the country showed their colors at school to support their favorite universities, one particular school showed an incredible display of national pride.
After the horrific terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the sports world came to a standstill as the nation remembered the lives lost in the tragedy.
When the games resumed, Texas A&M University students wanted to raise money to pay tribute to the tragedy and send it to New York.
In 2001 five students attempted to paint the audience red, white and blue for Aggies September, without social media. 22 game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. According to Texas A&M Today, they sold more than 70,000 T-shirts and raised a total of $235,000 for the New York Fire and Police Benevolent Relief Fund.
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While the funds raised were certainly worthwhile, the images seen in the “Red, White and Blue Out Game” were priceless.
Texas A&M red, white and blue game September 22, 2001#Do not forget pic.twitter.com/BlDkwvRBin
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“What happened really shows what it’s all about being an Aggie: We love and appreciate our neighbors and our country, even if something happened 1,500 miles away in New York,” he said. . Nick Lotton, original planning team member and Texas A&M Class of ’02 Aggie.
As the nation approaches the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, current Texas A&M students have the idea of rebuilding a strong identity.
While next Saturday will mark 20 years since the strike, the Aggies are set to play on the road against the Colorado Buffaloes.
For that reason, they decided to make the recognition a week early in Saturday’s home game against the Kent State Golden Flashes.
Texas A&M Class of ’22 member Claire Brown, who serves as executive director of the student organization Maroon Out, was one of the students who helped organize the 20th anniversary of the event.
“The students here are very strong in service and tradition,” Brown said. “Whether it’s Maroon Out or Fish Camp, you want to be a part of those things and that same fire reigns in every class.”
Like an actual football game, fans on the first deck were asked to wear blue, those on the second deck were asked to wear white and those on the third deck were asked to wear red. The event’s official t-shirts, which are similar to the 2001 original but with 20th anniversary designation, are available for purchase in advance or outside the gates of Kyle Field, 247 Sports reports.
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