Kentucky State University’s Department of Athletics is kicking off the 2012 football season with a huge community engagement initiative.
On Saturday, Sept. 8 the Department will host its National Day of Service Game, and this year will be unlike any other before.
“We have decided to host our annual Take A Kid to The Game Day, voter registration, a food and clothing drive for local shelters and admit all active duty military into the game for free,” stated KSU Director of Athletics, Dr. Denisha L. Hendricks.
Entering its 17th consecutive year as a nationwide, grassroots effort, Take A Kid to The Game encourages adults to take a child to see a collegiate football competition. Youth age 12 years and younger will be admitted free with the purchase of one paid adult ticket.
KSU is one of more than 200 schools across the country that is hosting a game in the TAKG campaign, allowing youth to experience the excitement of college football.
The Take A Kid to the Game program is one of the national promotions of NCAA Football, the marketing arm of college football.
NCAA Football represents a coalition of the American Football Coaches Association, Collegiate Commissioners Association, Football Bowl Association, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, National Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Football Foundation.
On this day, KSU will also partner with other campus organizations, including the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, KSU men’s basketball, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Office of Educational Outreach to hold a food and clothing drive and voter registration drive.
“We invite the Frankfort community to help us give to families in need and prepare for the upcoming presidential election,” Hendricks said. “KSU’s Department of Athletics understands these are difficult economic times and there are individuals and families in Frankfort in need of support; we want to help provide their basic needs as we enter the fall and winter seasons.”
Fans can donate baby formula, diapers, canned goods and gently worn or new clothing. In addition, game attendees can bring blankets, socks and toiletries. All donations will be delivered to Frankfort’s Soup Kitchen and Men’s Shelter and Frankfort’s Women’s Shelter.
The Department will also hold a voter registration drive at Saturday’s game. Kentucky State realizes that many young men and women may not know where to go to vote, or how to vote if they’re a resident of another state.
“Our goal is not to merely sign up people to vote,” Hendricks said. “We want to educate them on some of the issues at hand and help them understand that they are voting to have a voice and their one vote could change the outcome of issues.”
The last part of KSU’s National Day of Service community engagement is to invite all active duty military to the game admission free.
The initiative started in 2009 and last year the football season was dedicated to all active duty military, admitting them into every home game for free, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
A year later, the tradition continues with the annual National Day of Service Game.
“Athletics are about so much more than what takes place on the field, court or track,” Hendricks said. “Athletics is a means to give back to the community, to invite your community into your ‘house’ and allow them to experience life at the collegiate level. KSU is Frankfort’s university, and we want to take care of our community and welcome them to participate in all the wonderful activities taking place here.”