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Sam Houston Statue Bathed in Bearkat Orange

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By TallDavid - Posted on 15 December 2011

55 Photo by Gene ChauvinIn support of the Sam Houston State University Bearkat football program, the City of Huntsville will light the Sam Houston statue in orange for tomorrow night’s playoff game. According to City of Huntsville Community Services Director Matt Lumpkins, the statue will remain orange as long as the Bearkats are in the playoffs. “Using orange lenses over the spotlights we have on the Sam Houston statue, the City will turn Sam orange for the playoff game,” Lumpkins said. “He’ll be orange throughout the playoff game, and if the Bearkats win tomorrow night, we’ll keep him orange throughout the championships.” Mayor Mac Woodward said the City was honored to show support for SHSU. In November, the City declared December “Bearkat Pride Month,” pledging to display orange whenever possible. “We support the Bearkats, and the City is making every effort they can to help the football team achieve a monumental victory,” Woodward said. David Paitson, Associate Athletic Director for External Operations at SHSU, expressed thanks to the City for their continued support. “The University appreciates all the support from the City,” he said. “This is beyond a football game for us. The season we’ve had has resulted in a great deal of national recognition for our football program and for our university, and it’s been an all-around incredible experience. “This is a big moment for Sam Houston State University.”

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