The Hoos and Hoosiers will be opponents on the gridiron on Saturday afternoon, but they’ll be allies as well. The Indiana football team announced on Twitter Thursday that they will join forces with Virginia to show solidarity in the wake of the August white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that resulted in the tragic death of Heather Heyer.
“IU will wear a HoosTogether sticker on its helmets to show support for the Charlottesville community and the University of Virginia,” the press release from Indiana stated. “Consistent with the UVA #HoosTogether campaign, Indiana's helmet sticker is being worn in support of love, diversity and inclusion.”
All Virginia teams will be sporting a #HoosTogether patch on their uniforms this season.
Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass had this to say about their decision:
“Indiana University and our football program are proud to stand up in support of the city of Charlottesville and our friends at the University of Virginia. Our players, our coaches, and our university respect and support the University of Virginia's efforts to bring people together after the horrible events in Charlottesville this summer."
The support from Indiana is a classy move, and shows that there are some things that go above and beyond football. The Hoos and Hoosiers face off at 3:30pm on Saturday at Scott Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.