Graceland University Football has a big day coming up this Saturday. The Yellowjackets sit at 2-2 but have won both games at home on Huntsman Field so far this year, and the upcoming home game is one for the books.
After the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC), of which Graceland is a part, signed a deal with the Niles Media Group in May, five conference games – including Graceland at Missouri Valley on Sept. 5 – have been carried live on ESPN3 and in the Kansas City area on KSMO-TV. Eight more HAAC games are to be featured, and the next will be streamed from the Graceland University Lamoni Campus.
Graceland takes on Central Methodist (1-3) at home this weekend – with cameras rolling – and the Athletics Department has announced a “Gold Out” in support of the team. The Yellowjackets will be wearing their gold uniforms, and fans attending the game are encouraged to wear Graceland gold and blanket the stands.
In addition to the excitement of a televised home game, Graceland University Head Coach Jeff Douglas will be joining forces with coaches around the country to support the Coach to Cure MD program. Douglas and all Graceland Football coaches will be wearing patches on their sleeves to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
“This is a big day for GU Football!” said coach Douglas. “Not only will we be playing on television for the first time on the GU campus, but we are also supporting the Coach to Cure MD, sponsored by the American Football Coaches Association. This is a critical game for us and Central Methodist for this season, as well, so we hope to see everyone at the game. Kickoff is 11:07 a.m. Go Jackets!”
Coach to Cure MD is a project of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) in partnership with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). It is a one-day, nationwide awareness building and fundraising event. Fans can support their favorite coaches in the fight against Duchenne by visiting www.CoachtoCureMD.org.
The Yellowjackets and all of Graceland University are proud to support Coach to Cure MD and look forward to a good showing of support, both in the stands and watching live from wherever Graceland fans are on Saturday.
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