Two weekends ago hundreds of college football fans flooded downtown Fort Worth’s Sundance Square Plaza to show off their alma mater’s fighting colors for the ESPN Game Day coverage. If you weren’t there, the cheering and camaraderie likely was felt across the city as college football season has officially begun.
This city boasts a number of incredible universities and colleges with each of their strengths and specialties. We’ve got the Wesleyan Rams, the Tarrant County College Network, the Fort Worth campuses of UTA and Tarleton State, Texas A&M School of Law, Brite Divinity School, UNTHSC, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. And, if you haven’t heard by now, we’ll even be welcoming a medical school to Fort Worth thanks to a joint venture between TCU and UNT.
Supporting our city’s schools is a priority. They bring in brilliant young minds, families that trust their children to our city’s public safety officers and leaders, a national awareness from the academic achievements and publications authored by their students and faculty. We are truly stronger thanks to our universities.
But as far as football teams go, our own TCU Horned Frogs take the cake. Over the last few years, the Horned Frogs have helped to increase the recognition for the city. As they bulked up their program, they became a nationally-known household name. Before the boisterous games rolled around this fall, TCU’s quarterback and Heisman hopeful, Trevone Boykin appeared on a Sports Illustrated cover and the Frogs were ranked #2 in the national polls.
Supporting our city’s students is critical. So, while it is fun and encouraged to don your purple to support our Horned Frogs (or other “fighting” colors), we must continue to find ways to support students across Fort Worth.
So while we support our students every day, Fridays in Fort Worth are known as “Go Purple Fridays,” a fun way to cheer on the Horned Frog Football team. For all of you that aren’t so familiar with the university traditions, this weekend marks the 95th year of a special rivalry between TCU and SMU football teams, known as the “Iron Skillet” … here’s to keeping the Iron Skillet in Fort Worth!
Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. A successful business owner and lifelong public servant, Price uses this forum to ensure transparency and inform residents of issues and programs that affect their daily lives.
About Mayor Price
Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. Read the mayor's bio »
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