Nov. 23, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Veterans and ROTC students will run with the game ball 110 miles from Indiana University to Purdue University for Saturday's Old Oaken Bucket football game to raise money to send supplies to troops overseas.
The event will start Nov. 26 in Bloomington at Indiana University, where ROTC students will run the first 34 miles on U.S. 231 before handing the ball over to members from Purdue's ROTC units in Cloverdale, Ind., at noon. Purdue ROTC then will cover 34 miles on U.S. 231 before stopping in Crawfordsville. Purdue ROTC will hand the ball over to the members of the Purdue Veterans Student Organization, who will finish the final leg on Nov. 27 on U.S. 231, delivering the ball Purdue head coach Danny Hope outside the northeast corner of Ross-Ade Stadium at 9:45 a.m.
Runners will be wearing their respective university colors as well as colors representing each branch of service.
The goal of their effort, called Operation Bedding , is to raise funds and supplies to enhance the quality of life for military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Bryan Morris, vice president of the Purdue Veteran Students Organization. The program buys or collects items that provide the comforts of home such as pillows, sheets, socks, snacks and other daily necessities.
Donations may be sent to or dropped off at Purdue Veterans Student Organization. Purdue University, Stewart Center, Box 520, 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, Ind. 47907-2034.