Big Rapids, Mich. - This Saturday's (Nov. 2) Ferris State University home football contest against Wayne State has been designated an "Eagle Village Game" as the Bulldogs have teamed up to help recognize child abuse prevention during the "Kids Day" event.
As part of the day's events, all children dressed in Halloween costumes will receive free admission. A variety of fun activities will also take place, including a halftime costume parade, inflatable activities, catch Brutus the Bulldog and more.
In addition, Eagle Village's MAX climbing tower will be on site for a taste of adventure before, during and after the game. Information about Eagle Village and the services they provide to families in Michigan will also be available throughout the game as part of its "Victims To Victors" message.
"We know we have an obligation at Ferris State to give back to the community that provides us with so much," said FSU Associate Athletics Director Jon Coles. "Our student athletes are exceptional students, role models, gifted athletes and tremendous ambassadors for our institution. We try to put them into the community providing service and engagement as often as we can. It's an honor to partner with Eagle Village."
Eagle Village is a non-profit family treatment center providing intervention services and camps, residential treatment, foster care and adoption services for all counties in Michigan. The game will be dedicated to children and families with Eagle Village encouraging education, awareness and action when it comes to keeping children safe in our communities.
"We are excited to partner with Ferris State Athletics," said Eagle Village Advancement Officer John Ruggles. "The "Victims to Victors" football game this weekend is a tremendous opportunity for Eagle Village and Ferris State to raise awareness about Child Abuse Prevention and the services that Eagle Village has available for families and children in crisis."
Eagle Village's goal is to make Saturday's contest a statewide drive to turn Victims to Victors and Change Tomorrow Together. Fans are encouraged to attend the exciting game and be part of the change while supporting child abuse prevention.
More than 70 Eagle Village residents are expected to be in attendance and fans will have an opportunity to donate. A special video message will also be aired at halftime on the Bulldogs' new video board.
Besides Saturday's football game, Ferris State Athletics has also partnered with Eagle Village throughout the fall women's soccer season with the residents of Eagle Village helping serve as ball chasers for various FSU home contests. On Sunday (Nov. 3), as part of the Bulldogs' final women's soccer regular-season home tilt versus Lake Erie at 12 p.m. (ET), members of the Bulldog soccer team will take the field with Eagle Village residents for a special game following the contest (weather permitting).
Eagle Village encourages anyone who knows of a family in crisis that may benefit from their services or programs to call 231-832-2234 or visit their website at www.eaglevillage.org.
Tickets for Saturday's football game are on sale now and can be bought online at StarTickets.com, by calling (800) 585-3737, or in person thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office located inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex. The ticket office is open today thru Friday from 9 a.m. (ET) to 5 p.m. (ET) with extended hours on Wednesday until 7 p.m. (ET).
The Wheeler Pavilion Gameday Ticket Office will also open early on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. (ET) with the gates to the stadium opening at 10:30 a.m. (ET). For more information on ticket sales, please call (231) 591-2888 or visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
Football tickets in advance for Saturday's game are only $9 for adults or $8 for senior citizens (ages 65+) and FSU faculty/staff along with $6 for students. Prices go up to $12 for adults, senior citizens and faculty/staff on gameday along with $8 for students. Ferris students with ID will be admitted free by showing their student identification cards.