Aggies vs. Longhorns Alumni Challenge Heats Up

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

It's an age-old rivalry about to take center stage.

In just less than two weeks the Aggies will come face to face with the Longhorns in the annual Lone Star Showdown.

The past two years the Aggies have come out on top, but this year the two teams are taking the competition to a whole new level. Both universities are calling on all alumni to help them pull out a win.

"I think we're known for our tradition and the way that we come together as the 12th man," Texas A&M Alum Kassi Smith said.

They're known for their rivalry on the football field.

"It's kind of fun the A&M Fight song is all about us," University of Texas Alum Lisa Brown said. "I mean what other university can say that."

The two schools have clashed on the grid-iron for more than 100 years, but this year they also plan to take the battle off the field and online.

"It's a great opportunity to engage donors and do it in a fun way that centered on the rivalry between the two schools," Kathryn Greenwade with the Texas A&M Association of Former Students said. "Competition is always fun and it's especially fun when you know you're going to win."

The two school's have just launched this new rivalry, and put their fundraising campaigns on the web asking former students to put their money where their mouth is---by participating in an online fundraiser.

"It's used to support academics, and traditions on campus, it supports everything from scholarships to travel funds for the Aggie band," Greenwade said.

Although both schools have different takes on how things will go down in this head to head competition.

UT Grad, Lisa Brown says she thinks the new approach to getting former students involved is working.

"It's a lot more interesting than someone just soliciting you on the phone and asking you as an alumni to donate," Brown said.

And while the Aggies already have an early lead.

"I know Aggies, I know whenever we set our minds to something we can pull through and I'm not really worried," Smith said.

Lisa Brown says don't count the Longhorns out yet.

"A&M can score some points at the first half but then they just kind of slide. You get to the third or the fourth quarter and I think it'll be the same way with this competition," Brown said.

Currently the Aggies are beating out the Longhorns by about 700 donors.

The winner is chosen based on how many donors a school gets, not on how much they raise.

The competition continues through the 21st with the winner announced at halftime of the Aggie/Longhorn game.

To find out more on how you can win two free tickets to the game, or see more of the fundraising campaign click on the link below:

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