‘Saluting These Who Serve’ recreation
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA (Florida Gators) – The Gators will honor members of the armed forces, veterans and native first responders in model after they tackle the Arkansas Razorbacks Nov. 4 throughout this yr’s ‘Saluting These Who Serve’ recreation, offered by VyStar Credit score Union.
As a part of this yr’s honoring, the Florida soccer staff will put on alternate black uniforms for the primary time at school historical past.
In recognition of the teamwork spirit and the core values that characterize navy members and first responders, every participant’s nameplate on the again of their jersey will show certainly one of 5 phrases which are synonymous with the ideas embodied by those that serve.
The 5 phrases, which have been chosen by a consultant of every department of the navy and first responders, are Dedication, Braveness, Excellence, Honor and Integrity.
“I do know Gator Nation is worked up in regards to the staff carrying black uniforms, however I don’t need us to lose sight of the intent relative to creating consciousness and displaying gratitude and appreciation for all branches of our navy and first responders,” mentioned Florida Head Coach Billy Napier. “We’re doing one thing that’s going to be a variety of enjoyable, however finally, we’re hopeful that we will acknowledge and present appreciation for lots of selfless those that have chosen a career of service and put their lives in danger every day.”
Along with in-game initiatives, the Gators may also honor these in service all through the week by inviting a member of every of the U.S. navy branches to deal with the staff on the conclusion of every observe. It is going to function a approach to create consciousness amongst staff members about those that dedicate their lives to service.
“I feel there’s rather a lot we will study from these particular individuals,” mentioned Napier. “Final yr we have been in a position to invite members of the navy to speak to the staff and it was fairly superior to listen to from them. I do know it impacted our gamers and workers in a constructive approach.”
It’s actually necessary to me by way of making a degree of respect and gratitude for a few of these issues that we take with no consideration at instances.”
Tickets for the Arkansas recreation on November 4 are actually obtainable. For every ticket bought, the UAA will donate an Arkansas recreation ticket to an area navy hero, as much as 2,000 tickets.