TOWSON, Md. - On October 16 and 17, Towson University student athletes will participate in the fourth annual Pigskin Pass, a 58-mile relay run from the 50-yard line of University of Delaware Stadium to the 50-yard line of Johnny Unitas® Stadium. The event is sponsored by CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield along with Dillon's Bus Services and Towson University Auxiliary Services.

The purpose is to deliver the special game ball prior to the kick-off of the Towson-Delaware football game on October 17 while raising money and awareness for the Special Olympics chapters in Maryland and Delaware.

On Friday afternoon, Delaware student athletes will run the ball the first 29 miles, which will bring them to Festival Park in Aberdeen, Md. At 5 p.m., Aberdeen Mayor Michael D. Bennett and Towson University student athletes, coaches and administrators will be on hand to welcome the runners. Following a brief ceremony, Delaware's mascot "YoUDee" will give the ceremonial game ball to Towson's mascot, "Doc," and the Towson athletes will run the ball the rest of the way to Unitas Stadium, starting at 9:20 a.m. Saturday morning.

Once the ball reaches the Towson University campus, everyone who participated in the run will be invited to join Special Olympics Athletes in a pre-game celebration and join in running the ball into Unitas Stadium prior to kick-off. Officers from the Towson and Delaware Student-Athlete Advisory Councils will present a check for the money they have raised together for the Special Olympics programs to Maryland and Delaware Special Olympic Athletes. Last year, the two schools combined to raise over $22,000 for Special Olympics.

The Pigskin Pass is a joint community service initiative sponsored by the Student-Athlete Advisory Councils at Towson University and the University of Delaware.

The winner of the football game receives a Pigskin Pass Trophy donated by the Special Olympics chapters. Towson claimed the inaugural victory in 2006 while Delaware has taken home the trophy in each of the last two years.

Pigskin Pass runners are currently seeking donations for the relay run. Anyone interested in sponsoring a mile or supporting a runner with an amount of their choosing can donate online at or by sending a check payable to Special Olympics Maryland to: Special Olympics Maryland / 513 Progess Drive, Suite P / Linthicum, MD 21090.

Individual contributions over and above $58 ($1 per mile) are eligible to receive a commemorative Pigskin Pass T-shirt.