Central Missouri's "Get the Red Out" promotion this fall brought a lot of red into the city of Warrensburg for a football weekend.
By David Pickle
A special street fair that kicked off the start of the 2012 football season and a tribute to the military earned Central Missouri the Division II Game-Environment Award for 2012.
The street fair, called “Get the Red Out,” brought together many merchants from Warrensburg and provided Central Missouri students and community patrons and opportunity to enjoy a festive time together.
“Get the Red Out” led up to the home opener against Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association rival Northwest Missouri State and “Military Appreciation Day,” which was presented by the Missouri National Guard. Pregame ceremonies included recognition of military heroes with a flyover by a Missouri National Guard Apache Helicopter. Also, representatives from the Missouri National Guard and nearby Whiteman Air Force Base participated in the pregame coin toss.
The pregame festivities also included a ceremony honoring Division II’s sponsorship of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and supporting Charly Erpelding, a Wish kid with connections to Central Missouri and Northwest Missouri State.
At halftime, the Missouri National Guard, which is also sponsoring Central Missouri’s new scoreboard/videoboard, conducted a ceremony in which several new recruits were sworn into military service.
It also was the first game for the new “Command Pass,” which allows active-duty military personnel and family members – along with Central Missouri faculty and staff (and family members) – to receive free admission to any regular-season home athletics event.
All conference winners of the Division II Game-Environment Award will receive a $500 award.