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- Written by Ed Staton
- Published: 25 May 2023
Gator fans, mark your calendars for November 4, 2023! The University of Florida has just announced that their football team will be wearing special black uniforms for their Military Appreciation Day game against Arkansas. This is sure to be an unforgettable event that honors and recognizes the brave men and women who have served our country. Keep reading to learn more about what to expect from the game, and how the University of Florida is showing its dedication to military appreciation.
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The Military Appreciation Day game on November 4, 2023, will be a true celebration of America's heroes. The University of Florida will be honoring members of the armed forces, veterans, and local first responders. To show their gratitude, the UAA will donate an Arkansas game ticket to a local military hero for every ticket purchased – up to 2,000 tickets. So not only will fans get to enjoy a great game, but they’ll also be supporting a great cause.
One thing that makes this game even more exciting is the black uniforms that the Florida Gators will be wearing. Coach Billy Napier made the announcement during his first spring speaking tour last May. He spoke about how this was the perfect opportunity to “Black Out The Swamp” and show appreciation for our military. The uniforms will be worn in honor of military appreciation season, which is around Veterans Day. Although Veterans Day is on November 11, the Gators will be playing at LSU that weekend, so they moved the game up to the 4th to ensure they can honor our military heroes.
Gators Annual Award Salutes Former Military Hero
This is not the first time the University of Florida has done something special for military appreciation. Every year, they award the Fergie Ferguson Award to one player who displays courage and leadership both on and off the field. This award is named after Ferguson, a University of Florida alum who was a decorated officer in the U.S. Army. The University of Florida takes their commitment to the military extremely seriously, and they are proud to show their support in any way that they can.