October 12, 2011

Saluki Sprint new feature of Homecoming

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Traditions have to start somewhere.  First-year students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale have the chance to be in on the creation of one.

Introducing -- the Saluki Sprint, a new SIU Carbondale Homecoming tradition.

Simply, the Saluki Sprint is an invitation to all first-year students to don maroon and run across the football field before the start of the SIU Carbondale Homecoming game.  It’s a fun way to show some Saluki Spirit, and also to create some memories.

Homecoming is this weekend, with the Salukis facing Youngstown State University on Saturday, Oct. 15.  Kickoff is at 2 p.m.

Students who want to participate in the Saluki Sprint should come to the football practice field at the south end of Saluki Stadium.  You can find the check-in just beyond the tailgate area.  Check-in begins at 1:15 p.m.  The first 250 students receive a free T-shirt.  Remember to wear maroon!

Those who are not first-year students but still want to be involved with launching this new Saluki tradition have several volunteer opportunities available, including assisting with check-in, with the sprint itself, and anything else relating to this new event.  Contact New Student Programs at 618/453-1000.

A handful of University organizations collaborated to jump-start the Saluki Sprint.  Participating campus offices include: the Office of the Chancellor, Student Life and Intercultural Relations, University College, Saluki First Year, New Student Programs and Saluki Athletics.