To help recognize to the plight of the thousands of families impacted by Hurricane Irma, the Florida football team will wear a special helmet decal when the Gators take on Tennessee in their home opener Saturday.
Hundreds of UF student-athletes’ families and friends were directly affected by Hurricane Irma. The helmet decal is designed to honor of all those affected by the storm and all those who responded and volunteered their time to help evacuees and victims.
The SEC announced Tuesday that Saturday’s Florida-Tennessee game will be played at Ben Hill Griffin as scheduled. The game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
“While we know how important it is for this campus and the Gainesville community to host a game, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those that have been impacted by the storm, and we are thankful for the support Floridians have received during this time,” said UF Athletic Director Scott Stricklin.
“After meeting with the City of Gainesville, campus officials and numerous staffing entities to discuss hosting the game, we are pleased that the Florida-Tennessee football game will take place in Gainesville Saturday as scheduled. There has been a tremendous amount of cooperation between local authorities, the Southeastern Conference and the Tennessee athletic program throughout this process and we are grateful for these strong partnerships.”
The UAA is working on recognition for the thousands of responders who have aided the community, the state of Florida and beyond during Hurricane Irma. Information on how fans can contribute to relief efforts will also be available soon.