Holy Cross Community Raises More Than 1300 Football Tickets for City Kids

WORCESTER, Mass. - At a press conference at the South Worcester Neighborhood Improvement Corporation (SWNIC) on July 25, Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College of the Holy Cross and Richard Regan '76, director of athletics at the College, announced a new football ticket program designed for Worcester children.  Since then, members of the Holy Cross community—employees, alumni and friends—have been buying special tickets to the Holy Cross night game against UNH (on Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m.) which will be given to Worcester children free of charge.

The College exceeded its expectations and more than 1300 city children will receive tickets.  Holy Cross has partnered with Nativity School of Worcester, South Worcester Neighborhood Improvement Corporation, Pernet Family Health, Worcester Youth Center, Latino Education Institute, YWCA, Boys and Girls Club, and the Worcester Public Schools (K-8) to distribute the tickets to children.

Earlier today at Nativity Worcester, the Crusader mascot stopped by to hand out football tickets to the big game and signed autographs for students.  The school, which held its first day of classes today, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.  Cofounded by administrators at Holy Cross and the Society of Jesus of New England, Nativity Worcester is an all-scholarship middle school serving 58boys of all religious backgrounds from the City's most vulnerable neighborhoods.

The season-opening game against New Hampshire will mark only the second contest to ever take place under the lights at Fitton Field. Last year, approximately 16,000 fans were at Fitton Field for the night game against UMass.

This will be only the 13th meeting between the Crusaders and the Wildcats on the gridiron, with the all-time series tied at 6-6. New Hampshire posted a 39-32 victory in Durham last season, but prior to that the two schools had not met since 1984.

Holy Cross athletics also recently announced another Worcester-focused program, which offers 2012 football season tickets to Worcester residents (first-time buyers only) at a special price of $30. Season tickets are regularly priced at $78. More than 50 Worcester residents have purchased tickets.