Raiders make True Blue statement on special jerseys for Tuesday's Blackout

MT replaces player names with 'True Blue' for contest against Belmont

December 1, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - When the Middle Tennessee men's basketball team steps on the court at Murphy Center on Tuesday, the Blue Raiders will be wearing special Blackout Game jerseys - and affirming their devotion to MTSU's True Blue values.

Head Coach Kermit Davis said the players decided to replace their names on the special uniforms for Tuesday's contest against Belmont with the words "True Blue."

"At the beginning of the season, we talked about the values that we represent as a team and as a university," Davis said. "The True Blue Pledge starts with the words, 'I am True Blue.'

"When we began planning for Tuesday's game, we felt these special jerseys could reflect how each one of us are striving to be True Blue on and off the court."

The True Blue Pledge, which each freshman class recites at the beginning of the school year as part of Convocation Exercises, reflect the university's values of honesty and integrity, respect for diversity, engagement in the community and commitment to reason, not violence.

President Sidney A. McPhee said he was pleased that the team chose to honor the True Blue Pledge on the special uniforms.

"I know that Coach Davis and our team strive to bring meaning to these words with their work in the classroom and on the court," McPhee said.

McPhee cited the team's volunteer community service, particularly with area schools, as another demonstration of True Blue spirit.

"When we say 'I am True Blue,' we are telling the world we are part of a larger Blue Raider community that values learning, growth and service."

Tip-off for Tuesday's game is set for 7 p.m. Ticket information can be found here. You can find out more about the True Blue Pledge at www.mtsu.edu/trueblue.

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