Austin Peay Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University is planning to auction off the camouflage jerseys the football team wore during Saturday’s homecoming contest with Tennessee State. Proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
The auction will be conducted online at www.letsgopeay.com, with the auction beginning as early as Tuesday…Veterans Day.That was announced during the Governors’ homecoming contest with Tennessee State. The game also served as APSU’s annual Military Appreciation Day.
As part of Military Appreciation Day and to honor Fort Campbell, APSU chose to wear special camouflage jerseys, provided by Russell Athletic®, for the occasion. The camouflage jerseys had the respective Fort Campbell unit nicknames across the upper back. Using those nicknamed jerseys was in violation of NCAA Rule 1, Article 5 regarding proper numerals and lettering. For every quarter Austin Peay wore those jerseys, the Govs were assessed a timeout.
Out of respect for the Fort Campbell military community, Austin Peay football and head coach Kirby Cannon elected to wear those jerseys all four quarters and accepted those four charged timeouts.
“The sacrifices we are making as far as timeouts are concerned certainly pales in comparison to those our friends at Fort Campbell have made,” Cannon said late Friday. “The kids would wear those 100 times over having extra timeouts. It is a strong indication of our support of Fort Campbell and the support we get from them in everyday life.”
The Wounded Warrior project is a Veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, service and events for wounded veterans.
It’s mission is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service members; to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other; to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of any service member, who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11th, 2001, and their families.