BOILING SPRINGS – When Gardner-Webb hosts the 15th-ranked Bulldogs of The Citadel Saturday night for its home opener, several special promotions are planned.
Kickoff is set for 6:00 pm in Ernest W. Spangler Stadium.
The game will serve as Hometown Heroes Night, in honor of fallen Shelby Police officer Tim Brackeen. All police officers and their family members will receive free admission to Saturday's game by showing their badge at the gate.
Gardner-Webb will also host area youth football teams as guests Saturday, with any children ages 12 and under who wear their youth team football jerseys to the game receiving free admission.
Gardner-Webb Student Activities is hosting its annual Sock Drive, collecting new men's and women's socks for the homeless. A collection point at Henderson Gate will be available again this year as part of Family Weekend festivities.
The initiative, which was put into place in 2014 and 2015 as well, has been a tremendous success.
Gardner-Webb (1-1) has played its first two games away from home and won't return home for another contest until October 1. The Runnin' Bulldogs are averaging 299 yards per game on the ground, with running back Khalil Lewis and quarterback Tyrell Maxwell ranking one-two in the Big South Conference in yards per game.
Both Lewis and Maxwell are averaging more than 100 yards per game so far in 2016.
Saturday's game will air live on The Big South Network (Fabian Fuentes, Alex Guest) and wgwg.org (Brendan Boylan/Tyler Helms).