Saturday Is National College Football Day

Nov. 4, 2005

DALLAS - The holiday season is about to kick off, and it starts with National College Football Day, a holiday created by the SBC Cotton Bowl to commemorate the birth of college football. This second-annual celebration will be observed on Saturday, Nov. 5th.

National College Football Day takes on added significance this year. The SBC Cotton Bowl has partnered with the Prostate Cancer Foundation to increase awareness about prostate cancer, a disease that strikes one in every six American men.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), based in Santa Monica, Calif., is the world's largest philanthropic source of support for prostate cancer research. Founded in 1993, the PCF has raised more than $245 million and provided funding for prostate cancer research to more than 1,200 researchers at more than 100 institutions worldwide.

A little known fact is that a man is 33% more likely to develop prostate cancer than an American woman is to get breast cancer. The PCF is dedicated to finding better treatments and a cure to put an end to this deadly disease.

'Everyone knows someone affected by prostate cancer, and considering over 232,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone, I can't think of a better organization for the SBC Cotton Bowl to be aligned with than the PCF,' said Gayle M. Earls, Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. 'We had so much fun with the inaugural National College Football Day last year, but by teaming up with the PCF, we can help further their important cause while joining forces to make the first Saturday in November a nationally observed holiday each year.'

The annual holiday was developed as a way to pay tribute to a significant moment in our nation's history. On Nov. 6, 1869, Rutgers defeated Princeton, 6-4. More importantly, those college athletes left a lasting legacy that would evolve into the great spectacle of football.

To honor college football's 136th birthday, the SBC Cotton Bowl and the PCF produced limited edition lapel pins and mailed them last week to hundreds of coaches, athletic directors, university presidents, sports publicists and media throughout the United States.

'We ask our colleagues around the country to wear this lapel pin at their games on Saturday,' said Earls. 'Not only will you be celebrating the birth of college football, but you can help raise awareness about the most common non-skin cancer in America. We should all do our part to support prostate cancer research and the work of the PCF.'

For more information on National College Football Day and to learn more about the Prostate Cancer Foundation, please visit

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