Mark McDonald, a UTEP Football Letterman from 1970-71, has donated his two tickets on the 50-yard line for Saturday’s game against UAB in support of the “Seats For Soldiers” program.
McDonald lives 300 miles from El Paso in Midland, Texas. The long-time Miner supporter is traveling to Colorado on family business, but sent his tickets to the UTEP Athletic Department via overnight service from Hereford, Texas. They’ll be arriving Thursday and will be given to a military family.
“I don’t see how I can possibly begin to thank our servicemen and women for everything that they do for us,” McDonald said. “Maybe, just maybe, this is a little token of appreciation. I’d like to thank them for everything that they do for us civilians. They could do my job, but I couldn’t do their job.”
While he lives far away from El Paso, McDonald noted that it’s also important for local fans who can’t make it to Saturday’s game to donate their tickets.
“Fort Bliss is right there and they’ve been good neighbors to the university for years and years,” he said. “I know that local Miner fans can’t come every week either. It’s impossible. But to make the tickets available to servicemen and women is a way of bringing the university community and the military community closer. And I think that’s important, not only for UTEP but for the city of El Paso.”
Saturday’s game is “Military Night” and will feature static displays around the stadium and an enlistment ceremony at halftime. The game will also feature a postgame fireworks show courtesy of Speaking Rock Entertainment Center.
Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m.
To participate in the Seats for Soldiers program, please visit the UTEP Athletics website.