NEWARK, DE -- The University of Delaware and Towson University will be trying to defeat each other on the football field this Saturday in Atlantic 10 football action at Delaware Stadium, but the two rival schools will team together this weekend to help out a great cause with a fun and unique event.

The first annual Pigskin Pass, which benefits Special Olympics in both Delaware and Maryland, was developed by the Student Athlete Advisory Council at both schools as a way for the rivals to compete, have fun, and help a great organization. Delaware and Maryland Law Enforcement agencies also are playing a key role in the event.

The Pigskin Pass, which will begin Friday on the 50-yard line at Towson’s Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, MD, is a two-day, 58-mile relay run that will conclude Saturday with the presentation of the game ball at the Delaware Stadium 50-yard line just prior to the start of the football game.

Towson student-athletes will run a relay from Towson, MD to Aberdeen, MD and then hand the ball off to Delaware student-athletes, who will finish the relay Saturday morning. Over 50 Blue Hen student-athletes, representing the golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, baseball, softball, rowing, men’s and women’s cross country, and men’s and women’s track and field teams, are scheduled to run.

Over $5,500 had been raised to benefit Special Olympics as of Thursday evening. Fans can still help support the event and any donation will make a difference.

Donations can be made online at www.pigskinpass.com or at a table on the West side of Delaware Stadium before or after the game this Saturday. Fans donating more than $58 (the distance of the run) will receive a free shirt.

The event was organized and developed by Delaware SAAC President Tyler Kupper and Towson SAAC President Ryan Schreiter as well as other SAAC member from the two schools.