Nov. 7, 2005
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi's Student Government Association is on a mission to help its peers recover from the worst natural disaster to ever hit the Gulf Coast and United States.
Teaming up with Southern Miss Athletics, the SGA is selling Southern Miss "Black Out" T-shirts daily from 12 to 2 p.m. at Shoemaker Square, located on campus in front of the Hub. The spirit shirts, designed for the upcoming football game against conference rival Memphis, read "Black Out 2005 Southern Miss Golden Eagles Nov. 19th." The long-sleeve t-shirts cost $10 each, with all proceeds benefiting the USM Hurricane Relief Fund, which aids students affected by Hurricane Katrina. SGA and the athletic department are asking fans to wear the shirts on game day to "Black Out The Rock."
"Not only will we be promoting school spirit and community involvement, but we hope to generate substantial revenue for the Southern Miss Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund," said Jonathan Krebs, SGA President.
SGA plans to sell the shirts every day at Shoemaker Square until game day. For those wanting to purchase a shirt before kickoff on game day, booths will be set up at Gate 6 (the student entrance) of M.M. Roberts Stadium, The District, Alumni House and the Hub Plaza. The shirts will also be sold during Southern Miss' Second Annual Eagle Palooza to be held in downtown Hattiesburg on Friday, Nov. 18.
"We are proud to partner with the SGA to not only bring awareness to the upcoming football game, but more importantly, to bring awareness to the needs of our students," said Greg Herring, Director of Athletic Marketing. "Many other universities have done similar promotions this season, but none for such a noble cause. We encourage fans to take a one-game hiatus from the `GO GOLD' campaign and wear black to the game, to show their support for what the SGA is trying to accomplish."
The overwhelmingly successful "GO GOLD!" campaign has turned the crowds on game day into a sea of gold at The Rock and has sold more than 50,000 t-shirts in the local retail outlets. Southern Miss will continue to promote the campaign and will return to its "golden ways" when the Golden Eagles close out their regular season against Tulane.
"Black Out The Rock" for the annual "Black & Blue" football game versus Memphis, Saturday, November 19th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, including a special Rivalry Ticket Package, are available for purchase at the Southern Miss Ticket Office, located in the Ferlise Center on West Fourth Street, by calling 1-800-844-TICK or by visiting SouthernMiss.com.