BYU Football Games Played A Grateful For This Thanksgiving Weekend

BYU Football is similar on college campuses across America. Tailgating at BYU has taken on a new meaning for some fans and their rivals. In addition to the usual festivities, they now include donations of used books, canned food, toys, socks, gloves, and other goods to local communities in need. This initiative, called “Cougs Care”, has become a regular part of BYU’s away game routine for several years now. The BYU Alumni organizers for the host team’s hospitality are responsible for this service initiative. The positive impact of this goodwill gesture has started to receive attention.

For BYU Football, this Saturday in northeastern Oklahoma fans will gather at BYU’s tailgate to join forces with Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma to collect athletic balls. Oklahoma received the highest number of Afghan refugees per capita of any state, according to Deacon Kevin Sartorius, CEO of Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma. The deacon stated that this presented an “amazing opportunity” for two faith communities to come together to provide service and care.

After over a month of similar efforts, these latest pre-game activities are the culmination leading up to the BYU Football game. The dates back to a food truck showing up with 40,000 pounds of food and other staples for the Our Daily Bread food Pantry. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about 40 days before the OSU-BYU Football game was the beginning of “40 service projects in 40 days”. At least 35 projects have been completed. Projects range from reflooring the Hands of Jesus food pantry, trying blankets for needy children, and even an over 90-year-old woman baking brownies every week for 20+ other elderly women in her apartment complex.


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