By Christie Post - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The Texas Tech Red Raiders will celebrate homecoming Saturday as they take on the Missouri Tigers. All week long organizations, athletics, alumni and students came together for university tradition, and this year for the first time they'll also support American soldiers.
As you watch the game Saturday you'll notice something unique. Texas Tech is one of three schools participating in the Official Under Armour Freedom Game to support the Wounded Warrior Project.
"With the Wounded Warrior project bringing national attention and support for our soldiers, it's just that much better to be a part of it," said Saddle Tramp member, Geoff Waller.
On the field Saturday, each player will be outfitted in head to toe custom digi-camouflage game day jerseys with freedom on the back, honoring those who served and were injured in war.
"There's not one day that goes by, my brother's actually overseas right now, that I don't think about him. When they're doing all these donations, it's really awesome," said Texas Tech student, Zachary Bice.
"We've seen several military active duty come in just in the local area. And of course veterans and they just go straight to the Wounded Warrior box," said Red Raider Outfitter spokesperson, Alexis Arnold.
Proceeds from under armour gear sold at locations like red raider outfitters will go towards helping military and public service heroes.
"My brother saw them and I know he's going to be really excited when he gets it," said Bice.
This new tradition has hit home to many people in Lubbock - Alexis Arnold says her father served for 24 years.
"We're very excited to be able to participate in military and giving back to military," said Arnold.
"All my family is in the military pretty much. My brother is in the military, he's in the navy. He's going to be really excited when he gets to see this," said Bice.
The game will kick off at 7 p.m. and televised on ABC Sports.
Click (here) for a list of all the homecoming activities.
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