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Blue Raiders-Eagles Selected as "Toys for Tots" Game

November 17, 2002 · MT Media Relations
Middle Tennessee's Blue Raiders hope to make a lot of people happy when they host the North Texas Eagles on Saturday.  They hope to make Blue Raider fans happy with a win and hope to brighten the Christmas of local impoverished children with a big turnout for Toys for Tots.

Toys for Tots is sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserves and has been since 1947.  In that 55-year time span, the Toys for Tots Program has distributed over 257 million toys.

"Anytime you can help kids in our area, it's a plus," said Blue Raider coach Andy McCollum.  "Toys for Tots has been around helping people for a long time.  I couldn't be more proud that they chose Middle Tennessee and our game with North Texas as a place to drop off toys."

Fans coming to the game are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for a child. They will be collected at the entrance gates to Floyd Stadium by local members of the Marine Corps Reserve Units.

"I hope Blue Raider fans turn out in big numbers and bring along enough toys to make Christmas a little better for a lot of local children," remarked event coordinator Ken Crowell, a retired U.S. Marines officer from Shelbyville.  "I have another reason to hope that the turnout at MTSU is great.  It's my alma mater!"

Crowell is a former basketball and baseball player for the Blue Raiders.

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