The Miami University RedHawks football team goes "all-in" as it kicks off its first home game of the 2012 season at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, with Youth Day and Band Day.
As the team faces the Southern Illinois Salukis, the Miami University marching band will host 12 area high school bands for its annual Band Day celebration and halftime show.
Bands from Amelia, Batavia, Batesville, Eaton, Fairlawn, Hillsboro, Loveland, Miami East, Monroe, National Trail, North College Hill, and Whitehall Yearling will perform tribute tunes from the film “The Blues Brothers.”
In addition, the football team will host Youth Day. Local elementary and middle school football players will attend the game, and members of the first-, third- and fifth-grade teams of New Miami Little Pro and Hamilton Little Blue will play during halftime.
Other participating teams include Eaton Youth Football, Oxford Boy Scouts, the South Dearborn Knights, the Talawanda Bantam team and the West Chester Outlaws.
Tailgate Town entertainment will feature as many as 150 young cheerleaders performing a routine led by the Miami cheer squad. Miami cheerleaders will host a 10 a.m. cheer clinic to teach the routine for a halftime performance.
Cheer squads from the Jr. Bengals, Hamilton Little Blue, New Miami Little Pro and Talawanda Bantam will attend Youth Day, along with about 40 young twirlers from across the Cincinnati area.
written by Emily Seiders, news and public information intern