COLLEGE STATION — Texas A&M University is recognized around the world for its traditions and spirit, and on Friday, Sept. 2, Aggies will be able to share their school pride by again participating in the national celebration of College Colors Day.
The Aggies are the reigning champions of the Collegiate Licensing Company-sponsored event, as the university was recognized by the company as the top participant in College Colors Day last year, with approximately 200 schools participating.
The annual event, which encourages people across the country to wear the colors of their favorite college or university to promote the college experience, coincides nationally with the first weekend of the 2011 football season.
Aggies worldwide are encouraged to don their maroon and white apparel on Sept. 2 to prepare for the season-opening football game against Southern Methodist University at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4, at Kyle Field. Aggies can RSVP to participate in College Colors Day on Facebook by visiting http://tx.ag/maroon.
“College Colors Day provides an excellent opportunity for Aggies to visually show the true power the Aggie Spirit,” said Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin ’71. "I encourage Aggies everywhere to join in on this celebration of spirit. Wear your favorite maroon T-shirt, polo, hat, or in my case, bowtie, to show the world you support Texas A&M.”
Initiated by Collegiate Licensing Company in partnership with NCAA Football, College Colors Day serves as a means to increase public awareness about the achievements and contributions of higher education. Each year, hundreds of colleges and universities across the country participate.
“Aggies are known for traditions and the great pride we carry for our university, and I have no doubt that we will embrace College Colors Day as a way to further show that pride,” said Jason Cook, Texas A&M’s vice president for marketing & communications. “We want Aggies to ‘maroon-out’ their classrooms, offices and communities to not only show their Aggie Spirit, but also to rekindle many rivalries with fans of other universities in time for football season.”
Tickets for the first home football game are still available and can be purchased by calling the 12th Man Foundation ticket center at 1-888-99-AGGIE or visiting www.AggieAthletics.com, even though Aggie fans recently set a school record for the number of season football tickets sold.