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Radio Host Mark Packer To Be on Hand for Catawba's Home Football Opener Sept. 4

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Popular sports radio host, Mark Packer, also known as "the Packman," will be on hand for Catawba's home football opener against St. Augustine on Saturday, Sept. 4. This game is also the first in a series of themed game days, with  Police Officers, Firefighters and Emergency Responders to be admitted free along with three of their guests to the 7 p.m. match-up against St. Augustine.

The Catawba College Chiefs Club hopes to fill Shuford Stadium during home football games this fall by promoting themed game days, and Gordon Kirkland, Catawba's director of athletic development says Packman's visit will help get the season off to a great start.

Packman will arrive at Catawba at 4 p.m. on Sept. 4 and his RV will be located on the grassy area below the Abernethy Physical Education Center patio. While he will not be broadcasting his radio show, Primetime with the Packman (broadcast out of Charlotte, N.C., on 610 AM, WFNZ) from Catawba, he will have giveaways for the fans and plenty of football to talk up.

Kirkland reminds Catawba Indians fans that Packman was on hand in 2007 when the college played in a televised game. His Sept. 4 stop at Catawba will be stop number one on what he calls "the Southern Fried Football Tour," which will include stops at Clemson, South Carolina and Chapel Hill throughout the season.

On different home game Saturdays this fall at Catawba, a different organization or segment of the local population will be targeted and offered free admission to the games. In the 7 p.m. game on September 18 when Catawba takes on Shaw University, Youth Sports is the theme and any youth, age 14 or younger, who wears their team shirt will be admitted free to the game, along with free admittance for that youth's three guests. On October 16, employees at two local hospitals, Rowan Regional and Veterans Administration, will receive free admittance for themselves and three guests to the 1:30 p.m. Catawba game against Carson-Newman. Hospital employees from either facility must show their employee ID badge at the gate. During the last home game of the season at 1:30 p.m. on November 6, Catawba takes on Tusculum and Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts will be admitted free to the game with three guests by wearing their uniforms.

For more details on the themed game days, contact Gordon Kirkland at (704) 637-4394.


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