Texas Tech celebrates military members, veterans and seniors in last home football game

Texas Tech celebrates military members, veterans and seniors in last home footba

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech Red Raiders take on the Texas Longhorns on Saturday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Jones AT&T Stadium. It's the final home game of the season for the Red Raiders, and they will honor all the seniors as they take home field one last time. 

During the pregame and halftime shows, Texas Tech Athletics and the Goin' Band from Raiderland will also take a moment to celebrate America by honoring active military service members, veterans and first responders.

"We're always excited around Veterans Day when we have a football game because it allows us to celebrate America, and for us, that's celebrating veterans, celebrating first responders, everyone that helps make this country great and so for us, it's something we do every year. It's a special day for all of us here at Texas Tech," said Robert Giovannetti, associate athletics director of external operations.

"It's also senior day [Saturday], so 26 seniors that have really made an impact on this program, and we'll honor them before the game. All of our groups, our spirit squads, our band, all of them, we'll honor their seniors. It's always special. It's emotional," Giovannetti said. "We do it plenty of time before the game 'cause players gotta get their head back in the locker room. But, it's a special moment, a special moment for coach Kingsbury because these kids selected to come play for him and it's a special moment for the parents, I mean, the last time they get to see their kids play. It's really an emotional day." 

Giovannetti said you certainly won't want to miss the halftime show.

"The band is really going to take the lead on this. the band's going to have a patriotic show at halftime and they'll pay respect to veterans and others in the military. And so for us, we want people to stay at half time and listen to the Goin' Band from Raiderland, the best band in the nation. And, if you've never heard their patriotic show, it's fantastic," Giovannetti said.

But, for the full experience, you can't miss out on the veterans tailgate hosted by Texas Tech's Military & Veterans Programs, located at Gate 1 at Jones AT&T Stadium.

Jade Silva Tovar, senior director of Texas Tech's Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, welcomes all to attend.

"It's a great opportunity to come together to celebrate our military and veterans," she said. "We invite everyone to come out."

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