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Barton College has planned a series of events building up to the opening day of its new football program.
"365-Day Countdown: Bulldog Football" is the kickoff event from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the area adjacent to Electric Supply Co. Field.
The date was rescheduled from Sept. 5 when Hurricane Dorian caused a postponement.
The 365-Day Countdown will be the first of a series of events over the year with three purposes: to build momentum for a big football program opening day, Sept. 5, 2020; to celebrate all Barton athletes; and to increase visibility for Barton College.
According to a Kathy Daughety, director of public relations at Barton College, the Oct. 16 event will include music, food trucks, giveaways and games. Barton's cheer and dance teams will perform. Coaches, athletes and training staff will be available to meet visitors.
A new costumed Barton College bulldog mascot named Blue will be unveiled.
At 5 p.m., Barton will face Mount Olive in women's and men's soccer matches on Electric Supply Co. Field, located at Whitehead Avenue and Woodard Street.
"As you might expect, bringing football to Barton is a very significant and newsworthy event," said Dennis Matthews, president for enrollment and marketing at Barton College. "There is a lot of interest growing in our community. We want to build on that momentum and use it to showcase all of the great work of our students -athlete and non-athlete - faculty and staff."
Matthews said the events are an opportunity for Barton community members to spend time together.
"I hope that students will see a broader purpose for the entire series of events, which is to showcase the talented, gifted, bright, service-focused, diverse students and faculty that make up our community," Matthews said. "While football may provide an impetus to get more community leaders on campus, we want them to see the 'whole' of what makes Barton distinctive so that they will return to campus for a variety of events and continue to support our work and our growth."
COUNTDOWN TO GAME DAY
For the next year, Barton will host opportunities to become more engaged with the campus and its athletics programs.
Visit www.barton.edu/365 for updates on locations and times and other information.