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Members of Campus Community Encouraged to Wear Their Monarch Pride (Literally) on College Colors Day

On College Colors Day this Friday, members of the Old Dominion University campus community, as well as alumni and fans across the country, will proudly sport their blue and silver Monarch gear.

College Colors Day is an annual celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that make the college experience great by encouraging people across America to wear the apparel of their favorite college or university throughout the day.

The following day, prior to Old Dominion's football opener against Duquesne, members of ODU's student booster group, the Monarch Maniacs, will have an opportunity to sport their colors on Foreman Field itself.

Before the 6 p.m. kickoff to the ODU season, any registered Monarch Maniac who has received a game ticket to the Duquesne game will be able to run out of the tunnel onto Foreman Field with ODU mascot Big Blue as part of the pregame ceremonies.

"ODU Athletics is excited to offer this special opportunity to our Monarch Maniac students as part of our opening football game," said Jason Chandler, assistant athletic director for marketing and promotions.

"The Maniacs are an integral part of our team's success on the field and we want to continue to reward their support with opportunities such as this. Our goal is to grow the membership of this organization and provide these students with the unique experience that the average fan does not get."

Any ODU student can be a Monarch Maniac. Students can sign up in the Jarrett Athletic Administration Building during regular business hours, or on Kaufman Mall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

For $20 membership dues, students receive two Maniac T-shirts, access to exclusive events, an express ticket lane at football games, and access to road game tickets and postseason events.

"Ultimately, we hope that this group of dedicated students will not only support our athletic programs while they are in school, but also return to support ODU after they graduate," Chandler said.

To participate in the event for the first ODU football game, students must have a wristband, which can be obtained on Kaufman Mall during the pregame tailgate, or as students enter the stadium via Gate E. Students must be inside S.B. Ballard Stadium at Foreman Field in the designated staging area by 5:30 p.m. in order to participate in the on-field run.

College Colors Day, which coincides with back to school activities and the kickoff of intercollegiate athletics, strives to advocate higher education through increased public awareness, and celebrates the achievements of colleges and universities, acknowledging their fundamental importance.

Since its inception in 2005, College Colors Day has grown rapidly across the country. Thousands of organizations and millions of people participate annually by donning their team colors and sharing in the college spirit with friends and colleagues.

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