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FOOTBALL -- CU plans community events

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Home opener is Sept. 5 --
Cumberland University Director of Athletics Ron Pavan announced community events for the 2015 football season this week, which includes a canned food drive, opportunities for donations to The Next Step Resource Center and Goodwill as well as a Wilson County School Day sponsored by Coca-Cola and Chick-fil-A.

The Mid-South Conference voted this past year for each conference football school to host one game dedicated to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness. The event is spearheaded by Georgetown College assistant coach Dwayne Ellison.

CU's opening contest of the year against Georgetown on Sept. 5 will serve as the program's SIDS Awareness game.

SIDS is the sudden death of an infant less than one year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted that includes a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene and a review of the medical history. SIDS is the third leading cause of infant death in the United States and the leading cause of death for infants aged 1-to-12 months.

Fans may bring at least two canned or dried food products to the Oct. 10 game vs. Kentucky Christian to receive $2 off admission.

Donated items will go toward the Salt and Light Ministry at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon, which helps less fortunate families in Lebanon with clothes and food once a month.

The ministry distributed over 6,000 items of clothing to more than 200 families and distributed food to more than 300 families last year.

That date marks the first of three Cumberland University Preview Days in the fall, with CU Admissions hosting potential students for campus tours and informational sessions.

Donations for The Next Step Resource Center in Lebanon will be taken before the Oct. 17 contest against Reinhardt University and those bringing items will receive 50 percent off admission.

The mission of The Next Step Resource Center is to assist the jobless, the homeless and the helpless, especially those released from jail and correctional institutions by providing access to resources for jobs, career and personal development; and supply clothing and other household items to help them reconnect to their community.

The CU office of Residence Life, Greek Affairs and Orientation is heading up the Goodwill Donation Drive from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Oct. 31 against Bethel University, which is also Homecoming and Sports Hall of Fame weekend at CU.

All Goodwill Donation Drive Fundraiser donated items must be in good, clean sellable condition. Goodwill does not repair, refinish or reupholster.

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee accepts the following items: clothing, shoes, books, linens, jewelry and accessories, handbags, housewares, electronics, pictures, cooking accessories, musical Instruments, bicycles, sports equipment, tools, toys, flat screen TVs and furniture.

The final home game of the season on Nov. 7 vs. Faulkner University is also Senior Day for CU football and the final Cumberland Preview Day of the fall.

In addition Cumberland Athletics is hosting Wilson County School Day presented by Coca-Cola and Chick-fil-A, with all students in Wilson County gaining free admission to the game.

Coca-Cola and Chick-fil-A will both have products and/or coupons and possibly other promotions surrounding the event.

September 5 - Georgetown College: SIDS Awareness
October 10 - Kentucky Christian: Canned Food Drive, $2 off admission with donation/Cumberland Preview Day
October 17 - Reinhardt University: The Next Step Resource Center, 50 percent off admission with donation
October 31 - Bethel University: Homecoming/Sports Hall of Fame weekend/Goodwill Donations accepted
November 7 - Faulkner University: Senior Day/Wilson County School Day presented by Coca-Cola and Chick-fil-A/Cumberland Preview Day

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