Scot Walker '90 May 21, 2018 10:18 AM updated: May 21, 2018 12:23 PM
By Maroon Out Director Team and Lesley Henton, Texas A&M Division of Marketing & Communications
Texas A&M University Class Councils and the Maroon Out team have revealed the design for the 2018 Maroon Out shirt that will be worn Nov. 10 against Ole Miss at Kyle Field. This design for the 21st year of Maroon Out features the iconic 12th Man towel as a representation of standing in unity as the 12th man, ready to cheer on Texas A&M’s football team.
“We reached a major milestone last season with the 20th Maroon Out, but there is no shortage of excitement this year as a new head coach celebrates his first Maroon Out in Aggieland,” Maroon Out Head Director Mallory Johnson '19 said. “With this year’s design we wanted to focus on the unity that comes inside Kyle Field on game days, and standing, waving a 12th Man towel is just the start of that Aggie Spirit.”
The 2018 Maroon Out shirts will be available in-store and online at The Warehouse at C.C. Creations and in-store at Maroon U starting May 21. Shirts will also be available on campus Aug. 30 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., every Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Rudder Plaza starting September 6, and every home game beginning 3 hours before kickoff in Rudder Plaza.
The Maroon Out tradition began in 1998 when No. 18 ranked Texas A&M clinched a stunning win over the No. 2, defending national champion Nebraska Cornhuskers.
As a show of support for the football team, Aggies set out to get an extra boost of spirit from not only matching Nebraska’s famous “sea of red,” but eclipsing it with an even bigger “sea of maroon.” Leading up to the game, 31,000 Maroon Out shirts were sold. The Aggies beat Nebraska 28-21. This phenomenon became known as “Maroon Out.”
For the past 20 years, Maroon Out has been the physical embodiment of the 12th Man and has left a positive legacy on the campus, say organizers. Maroon Out has supported Class gifts, allowing each class to leave a lasting legacy on campus, as well as give back to the university. A Maroon Out Scholarship has raised more than $150,000 over the past 10 years to help support students at Texas A&M. Maroon Out also supports Aggie traditions like Ring Dance, Elephant Walk, Junior E-walk, Pull Out Day, Fish Fest and the Class Councils Aggie Rings for Veterans Endowment.
"Maroon Out is truly more than a shirt,” Johnson said. “We strive to unite the student body and the crowd on the day of the Maroon Out game, but all of the money raised from these shirts goes to support greater efforts.”
This upcoming season, Johnson encourages fans to wear not only maroon, but to wear the Maroon Out shirt for 2018 to show their spirit to BTHO Ole Miss, and to support Aggie traditions and scholarships.
“We are honored to be the exclusive partner of Maroon Out and to support their mission of giving back to Texas A&M University,” The Warehouse at C.C. Creations and Maroon U CEO Kenny Lawson said. “Our C.C. Creations family of companies has witnessed first-hand how Maroon Out has positively impacted Texas A&M University, the Bryan-College Station community and the worldwide Aggie Network. Similar to our [company's] core values of ‘all in’ and ‘never satisfied,’ Maroon Out shares a similar mentality making their organization uniquely special.”
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Media contacts: Maroon Out Head Director Mallory Johnson, 817-564-8336, firstname.lastname@example.org; Maroon Out Marketing Director Sara Marie Berrett, 979-422-8874, email@example.com; or Lesley Henton, 979-845-5591, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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