TTU Hosts Community Partnership Day

Sometimes the best things really are free - like free football tickets for the entire community to this Saturday's game at Tennessee Technological University.

The university is saying "thank you" to the community by inviting everyone to enjoy the Ohio Valley Conference game between Tennessee Tech and nationally-ranked Eastern Kentucky on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Other special activities during the game will include a child identification kit giveaway and a halftime salute to United Way.

"We've made this day of community appreciation an annual event because we can never say 'thank-you' enough to recognize and commemorate our mutually beneficial partnership with the community," said Tennessee Tech President Angelo Volpe.

The general admission tickets may be picked up at the university's athletic ticket office, University Center information desk and alumni relations office. Large blocks of tickets are available to employers who want to give tickets to employees. Tickets will also be available at the gate on Saturday.

"Citizens all across the Upper Cumberland, along with the more than 20 percent of Tennessee Tech graduates living and working in the area, are responsible for the university's continued success," said Lee Wray, director of alumni relations. "The 'Partnership Game' is our way to say 'thanks.'"

As a community service, Tennessee Tech will give free child identification kits to parents attending the game to help organize and store important information about their children. The university's football office and the American Football Coaches Association sponsor the giveaway. Tennessee Tech Fellowship of Christian Athletes members will hand out the kits at the game.

Activities during the game will also benefit United Way. Tennessee Tech business students will be volunteering to hand out United Way brochures and tossing T-shirts into the crowd to create greater awareness of the agency. This effort is also part of the College of Business Administration's participation in a national "Make a Difference Day."

For more information about tickets or activities, call 372-3205.