LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s home game Saturday against New Mexico State and college football games around the country this weekend will mark the 141st anniversary of the first collegiate game played, with the seventh annual National College Football Day. This Saturday, Nov. 6, commemorates the birth of college football while increasing awareness and raising money for The V Foundation for Cancer Research.The V Foundation was selected as the beneficiary of National College Football Day philanthropic efforts as cancer is the dominant disease in the United States, affecting men, women and children of all races. The V Foundation funds research nationwide, for all types of cancers.The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA) and the College Sports Information Directors Association of America (CoSIDA) have teamed up with the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and The V Foundation for Cancer Research as official partners of the Seventh Annual National College Football Day.National College Football Day, observed on the first Saturday of November, was created by the AT&T Cotton Bowl seven years ago as a way to pay tribute to a significant moment in our nation’s history. On Nov. 6, 1869, Rutgers defeated Princeton, 6-4. More importantly, those college athletes left a lasting legacy that would evolve into the great spectacle of football. In 2006, the holiday took on added significance when the Classic teamed up with The V Foundation for Cancer Research.The V Foundation, based in Cary, N.C., was founded in 1993 by ESPN and legendary coach and commentator Jim Valvano. The Foundation has raised more than $100 million to fund essential cancer research nationwide. The Foundation proudly assures donors that 100% of all donations and net proceeds of events are directly used to fund research and related programs.To honor college football’s 141st birthday, the AT&T Cotton Bowl has produced limited edition lapel pins. Over 4,000 pins will be distributed to coaches, athletic directors, university presidents, sports publicists, game officials, equipment managers and media throughout the United States in hopes that everyone will wear their pin on National College Football Day.The AFCA has asked each Football Bowl Subdivision head coach to donate a minimum of $141, one dollar for each year of college football. The FWAA has made a donation to The V Foundation and will work to solicit other donations from within its membership. CoSIDA and AEMA are the newest additions to NCFD’s partners. Both organizations lent their support to NCFD for the first time last year and have pledged to help spread the word about this great cause. Additionally, The V Foundation has added a text-messaging component this year where fans can donate $10 by texting “jimmyvfb” to 85944 using their cell phones (standard text-messaging rates apply).For more information on National College Football Day and to learn more about The V Foundation for Cancer Research, please visit www.NationalCollegeFootballDay.com.Utah State hosts New Mexico State, and the all-Aggie affair is slated for 1 p.m. (MT) at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium.Fans can use their football ticket stub from Saturday’s NMSU-USU game to get free admittance to the USU volleyball match vs. Idaho Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.To purchase tickets, or for more Aggie football ticket information, fans can contact the USU Ticket Office at 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305, in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or on-line 24 hours a day at www.utahstateaggies.com under the “tickets” drop down menu.Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball and through the USU football blog at usufootball.wordpress.com. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.-USU-
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