Feb. 25, 2010
For the second year in a row, Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl is outfitting the UT student section with free t-shirts for the OUTLIVE game. After raising more than $93,000 in its inaugural season, the OUTLIVE initiative is back for Round 2, with an "orange-out" planned for Saturday's noon ET game against second-ranked Kentucky at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Pearl is personally footing the bill for 2,600 orange OUTLIVE t-shirts, which will be distributed to those UT students who fill the student section Saturday. Pearl also purchased t-shirts for UT students for last year's OUTLIVE "white-out" against Florida. The Vols defeated the Gators 79-63 in that game, highlighting a highly successful debut year for the OUTLIVE program, which has funded more than 2,500 free cancer screenings throughout East Tennessee in the past year.
Beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, fans can text OUTLIVE to 20222 to have a tax deductible $10 donation to the OUTLIVE program automatically placed on their cell phone bills. This option will remain in place even after the game. Or, if fans prefer, they can call operators at (866) 975-4290 until 10:30 p.m. on Saturday to make a donation. Online donations will be accepted at www.UToutlive.org at any time.
The UT athletics department also is planning an overnight party for UT students Friday night in Thompson-Boling Arena called "Camp Pearl." Hundreds of students have the opportunity to spend the night in the arena, with a movie session planned on the giant, center-hung videoboard and UT players scheduled to drop by to mingle with campers.
"I just think this is an awesome opportunity for our students to engage in an overnight event like this," Pearl said. "Very few teams even have the chance to play or beat one of the best teams in the country. A victory on Saturday over Kentucky would make us the only team to beat two likely No. 1 seeds. But to do that, we're going to have to play great, and we're going to need our crowd's help--particularly our students."
UT students can earn prime spots in the student section for Saturday's game by attending Camp Pearl Friday night. Students can begin waiting in line outside the Thompson-Boling Arena student gate at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 9:30 p.m. The first 100 students who enter will receive a voucher for a wrist band that will grant them prime seating for Saturday's game.
Permissible items include blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, air mattresses and portable TVs and DVD players. Items not allowed into the arena include all drugs/alcohol, regular mattresses, televisions and coolers. External food deliveries are prohibited, but the athletic department will provide pizzas at 10:30 a.m. There also will be video game tournaments on the concourse.
Campers may park in areas G5 or G3, but all cars must be moved by 7 a.m. Saturday. Wrist bands guaranteeing spots in the student section for the game will be distributed beginning at 5:45 a.m. UNiTE will hand out free Krispy Kreme doughnuts upon departure from the arena.
Students must be back in line at the student gate--the line will be arranged by wrist band priority--by 8 a.m., and doors will open at 10:30 a.m.
For complete details regarding Camp Pearl, visit http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=310956851591&index=1.