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Nov 10, 2021

Clemson Set For Military Appreciation Day Contest vs. UCONN

Clemson University will celebrate Military Appreciation Day, presented by BASF, on Saturday as football hosts UCONN at noon. The game is designated as a “Purple Out,” and fans are encouraged to wear purple instead of the customary orange.

Clemson has a number of activities planned throughout the week, culminating on gameday:

  • Bowman Field will have displays from the Army, Air Force and Marines, which include military ground vehicles, helicopters and interactive areas that can be enjoyed by all ages on Saturday.
  • During pregame, South Carolina families of Fallen Soldiers will be introduced on the field and join Tiger Band for the patriotic portion of their pregame show.
  • Special Forces Association will parachute an American Flag and the Clemson Flag
  • In-game military recognitions will include:
    • Honorary captain: Stan Greenawalt; Football, 1969-1974 – Retired Captain (Navy)
    • Introduction of high-ranking military officials
    • Hero of the Game: ​​William Lipscomb Kinard
    • Purple Heart Homes Spotlight: Maceon “Buddy” Donaldson
    • BASF will spotlight a Clemson Student Veteran: Nicholas Radar
  • All veterans and active-duty military members will be recognized from their seats at halftime. Tiger Band will play the Armed Forces Medley, and all veterans and active-duty military members are asked to stand to be recognized when their branch’s song is played.
  • A fallen soldier tribute will take place with the soldier cross and a 21-gun salute in the east end zone, ending with the playing of “Taps.”

Clemson is proud to partner with Colosseum, 47 Brand and Operation Hat Trick in support of Military Appreciation Day merchandise and support of our Military.

Tying into Military Appreciation Day, Clemson-branded Operation Hat Trick (OHT) product will be available online at and in-venue during the game, as well as at other local retailers. OHT is a non-profit organization that increases awareness, support and funding for the recovery of wounded service members and veterans through the sale of branded merchandise, proceeds of which are distributed to selected organizations that support OHT’s mission.

Clemson was one of the first universities to adopt the OHT program when it launched as a national brand in 2012.  Last year, Clemson received recognition from OHT by winning one of the OHT Excellence in Service Awards. This award is presented to universities that demonstrate a strong commitment to OHT and OHT’s military support mission.  As a recipient of the Service Aware, OHT donated $20,000 in Clemson University’s name to Purple Heart Homes – Golden Chapter in the local marketplace.

Clemson University sincerely thanks all our current military and veterans for their sacrifice for our country.