NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the fourth consecutive year, Vanderbilt Athletics is collaborating with the U.S. Army’s Fort Campbell, home of the 101st Airborne Division. The two began the collaboration in the fall of 2017.
Saturday’s football game against Florida will be Vandy’s annual Salute to Service contest. A variety of Fort Campbell service members are partaking in events throughout the week, culminating in Colonel Bryan Babich, Division Artillery Commander of the 101st Airborne Division, dropping the anchor pregame.
For the Commodores, the goal of the collaboration is to honor the dedication and sacrifice service members make every day for the nation and local Nashville community. To help recognize their service and commitment, Vanderbilt has held re-enlistment ceremonies at games, honored military members and their families and provided game day experiences and tailgates for Fort Campbell soldiers.
The collaboration also allows Vanderbilt Athletics to salute all service members and veterans while educating student-athletes on the daily sacrifices they make.
This year, each football student-athlete is partnered with a Fort Campbell soldier to learn about them, where they are from and their time in the U.S. Army.
During Saturday’s contest, the team will be wearing a 101st Airborne Division sticker on their helmets and the coaches and staff will have special military-themed apparel.