The MissouriSouthern football home opener on September 5 will be full of entertainmentopportunities as various groups from the MSSU community will come together tohelp raise funds for the citizens of Moore, Oklahoma.
Earlier thisyear, residents of Joplin and local communities found the story of the Moore,Okla. tornado all too similar to what they had experience two years earlier. OnMay 20 of this year, nearly two years to the date that Joplin was leveled byone of the deadliest tornados in recorded history, Moore was hit by an EF5tornado with winds peaking at over 200 mph. Over 20 people died and 377 wereinjured.
Since thattime, a number of efforts have been extended from the people of the Joplin areato those in Oklahoma City.
"This isa great way for our university, and the community of Joplin to give back,"said director of athletics Jared Bruggeman. "We know first-hand how adevastating situation like a tornado can affect a community. We saw many handsof help come to aid us after May 22, 2011 and it's only fitting that we can nowturn that act of kindness around to help another community."
When Southernplays Central Oklahoma on that Thursday night, the MSSU Campus Activities Board(CAB) will sponsor a postgame spectacular following the football game thatnight. UCO's main campus is located just half an hour north of Moore, OK.
Ticket pricesfor the game are $10 for general admission and $15 for reserved seats. Twodollars from each single-game ticket sold will go directly to the Red Cross.Fans can purchase tickets by going online at mssulions.com, or by calling theMSSU ticket office at 417-625-9366. Tickets will also be sold the day of thegame at the front gate and kickoff is slated for 6 pm.
Prior to thegame, the first 2,400 students and fans ages 13 and under will receive a freeglow stick. Before kickoff, everyone in attendance and on the field willobserve a moment of silence for the victims of the tornado. Firefighters,police officers and Red Cross groups in attendance will be recognized at thegame sponsored by Commerce Bank.
The eveningwill be capped with a 15-minute laser light show and fireworks display. Fivedifferent laser systems will be present, including two from above, two from theside and one to create graphics on a 36 foot wide screen.
The show willbe "family-friendly" and will begin approximately 10 minutesfollowing the conclusion of the football game. Laser Rentals Inc., the samelaser company conducting the Sept. 5 postgame presentation, also conducted thepostgame laser show for the first home game at newly-renovated ArrowheadStadium.
The fireworksfor the show are being donated by Jakes Fireworks.
Those withquestions regarding the post-game activities can reach Landon Adams, Directorof Student Activities at Missouri Southern, at (417) 625-9669 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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