The Florida Gators are wearing a special helmet decal Saturday against Tennessee to “recognize the plight of families impacted by Hurricane Irma,” the school announced in a release Wednesday morning.
The decal is designed to help honor everyone affected by the storm, as well as the responders and the volunteers.
The SEC announced Tuesday that the game will go on as scheduled at 3:30 pm ET on Saturday against Tennessee. There had been some talk as to whether the game would even be played in Gainesville following Hurricane Irma.
The Gators released an image of the decal Wednesday morning:
“While we know how important it is for this campus and the Gainesville community to host a game, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those that have been impacted by the storm, and we are thankful for the support Floridians have received during this time,” said Athletic Director Scott Stricklin in the release.
“After meeting with the City of Gainesville, campus officials and numerous staffing entities to discuss hosting the game, we are pleased that the Florida-Tennessee football game will take place in Gainesville Saturday as scheduled. There has been a tremendous amount of cooperation between local authorities, the Southeastern Conference and the Tennessee athletic program throughout this process and we are grateful for these strong partnerships.”
In a statement, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey thanked everyone for coming together and making a thoughtful decision on the game.
“The University of Florida has been diligent in assessing the impact of Hurricane Irma on the Gainesville community and has made a thoughtful decision in moving forward with the game,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “We appreciate the communication, coordination and cooperation among the many agencies and groups necessary to produce a game in a safe environment. Our prayers remain with the people of Florida as well as Texas as they recover from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.”