Panthers to honor military as part of Veterans Day weekend
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University athletics department will be holding a number of special Salute the Troops events at home contests this weekend as part of a weekend-long Veterans Day celebration.
Each team competing at home over the weekend will have an honorary captain who is either currently serving or a veteran of the armed forces. Teams will all have special additions to their uniforms or sidelines, ranging from camouflage bathing caps to socks, a Salute the Troops flag and customized jerseys. Additionally, a color guard will present the flag prior to the football game.
All home events will have a donation drive sponsoring the Bridge House, a homeless shelter and veterans' support group in Plymouth that provides information and referral, emergency shelter, food, job training, transitional living support and aftercare to over 175 individuals and families each year. Fans are encouraged to bring men's toiletry items such as deodorant, soap and shaving equipment, or small denomination gas or grocery gift cards. Donation boxes have also been set up around campus and the community.
The weekend kicks off with Plymouth State's Veterans Day Recognition and Reunion on Friday (Nov. 9). The ceremony takes place at Veterans Commons on campus beginning at 11:45 a.m.
The PSU athletics events begin later that afternoon, starting with the swimming and diving team's home-opening dual meet against Colby-Sawyer College at the PSU Natatorium at 4:00 p.m.
The basketball teams also tip-off their seasons that evening. The women host New England College at 5:00 p.m., while the men square off against St. Joseph's College (Maine) at 7:00 p.m.
The events roll into Saturday as well, starting with the football team's regular season finale against Husson University at noon.
The women's ice hockey team hosts New England College for a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) game at 2:00 p.m., and the men's ice hockey team welcomes the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) contest at 7:00 p.m.
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