Webster University Supports Century-old Thanksgiving Day Football Game

| November 27, 2013
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The Statesmen and Pioneers battle it out in one of the famous “Turkey Day” games.

While millions of Americans around the country are finishing up dishes of their secret family recipes and putting pies into the oven, thousands in Kirkwood, Mo., will be lining up for a standing-room-only position at the community’s most anticipated football game of the season.

On Thanksgiving Day, the Kirkwood High School Pioneers will play the Statesman of Webster Groves High School for the Frisco Bell. It’s not a PAC-10 game or even an NFL match-up. It’s more important than that to the loyal fans who will spend the first half of their holiday cheering for their team.

With an average of 7,000 spectators each year, this game is a big deal. And Webster University is helping make it happen by co-sponsoring the television broadcast of the match.

“It’s a tradition valued by all ages in this community,” said Sarah Riss, the superintendent for schools in Webster Groves. “It’s not only about football. While football is where it started, it’s really about the relationship between the two communities.”

Read the full background of this tradition in this story at webster.edu.

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