Sat, Mar
28 New Articles

GAINESVILLE – The Gator Ticket Office has tickets remaining for Saturday’s football game against Furman at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium that begins at 1 p.m. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis until sold out. Place your order quickly to guarantee your seats.

Gator fans can order tickets online at www.GatorZone.com/tickets<http://www.GatorZone.com/tickets> or by calling a Ticket Office Specialist at (352) 375-4683, ext. 6800, or toll free 1-800-344-2867, ext. 6800, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fans can also purchase tickets at the Gator Ticket Office, located at Gate 1 of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additional events for Saturday:

*A flyover will take place following the National Anthem that will be performed by the U.S. Navy.

*There will be a special flag presentation by UF ROTC cadets and the University of Florida Concert Choir and the Signing Gators will perform.

*Sergeant James Mike, a Combat Medic who has served in the United States Army for over nine years, will be an honorary captain. After playing college football at Jacksonville University, he walked into a U.S. Army Recruiting Office and joined the Army.  While deployed in Iraq, he served as a medic for the 617th Military Police Company, whose units’ main responsibility was to provide Main Supply Route Security. Mike was part of a 10-man patrol that was ambushed by 50 insurgents. His vehicle was completely surrounded and, after dismounting the vehicle with his team, two of his fellow comrades were shot.

Although Mike began to provide aid and return fire, the gunner was hit and he found himself completely in the fight by himself. Undeterred, he began to lay down fire in the direction of all of the insurgents which were completely surrounding him. As Mike returned to provide treatment, he noticed he was being fired at by a sniper and took the sniper out with an AT-4 Anti-Tank rocket. He soon evacuated all wounded casualties. After the 45-minute firefight, 26 insurgents were killed, six injured, and one captured unharmed. All three of Mike’s team members survived their wounds and made a 100% recovery. For his actions, he was awarded the nation’s third-highest medal for valor, the Silver Star. Mike is now serving with the 20th Special Forces Group as a Medic and in pursuit of the Green Beret.

*Between the 1st and 2nd Quarters:

*Members of the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “honor and empower wounded warriors” of the United States Armed Forces, will be honored at this time. The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) works to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

*World War II veteran and UF graduate Bill Scruggs will be recognized at a timeout during the game.


*Performances by the University of Florida's Fightin' Gator Marching Band and the Gator Alumni Band

*UF Student Veterans will be honored at this time.

*One contestant will have a chance to kick a 10-yard field goal to win a year's worth of Bean Street Coffee presented by Kangaroo Express.