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Going to a BYU away football game this year? Do more than just cheer on the Cougs


Last year, before BYU’s football game at Georgia Southern, alumni, fans and friends donated 910 pounds of food, 200 winter coats and 300 boxes of diapers (among many others items) during a pre-game tailgate. Similar service tailgates have taken place ahead of games against Tennessee (2019), Baylor (2021), and the 2021 Independence Bowl with incredibly generous similar results.

This year, the BYU Alumni team behind the service liftgates decided to expand its operations to hold events at every away football game in 2022. Starting with the USF game this weekend, BYU Alumni, as well that local alumni chapters at each game site, will host “Cougs Care” pregame tailgates that incorporate a service project for local nonprofits.

“BYU alumni are 100% focused on connecting for good. We want to connect our communities, our families, our alumni and our friends – and what’s better than service and a good game of football,” said Michael Johanson, director of the Alumni Association. director. “As long as there are tailgates, we will work to find a way to serve local communities and make a difference wherever we go and wherever we are.”

So far, tailgates are planned to benefit refugee groups, expand literacy programs and provide food and items to communities in need. So whether fans are heading to Tampa, Eugene, Vegas or Lynchburg, BYU Alumni hopes they’ll stop by – with or without a game ticket – to donate to a worthy cause. Here are the details of this season’s events. (Details of later dates will be added as they become available, so be sure to check before each away game.)



Game: BYU vs. USF; September 3, 2022, 4 p.m. ET

Tailgate time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. local time

Location: Al Lopez Park, 4820 N. Himes Ave., Tampa, Florida

service project: A campaign to benefit the Pasco County Schools Early Head Start Program

“The estimated poverty rate in Pasco County is 19.4 percent with children living in the home under the age of 5, or approximately more than 100,000 families,” said Sara Langi, supervisor of the early childhood program. Pasco County School childhood. “The Early Head Start/Head Start of Pasco County program provides free early intervention and preschool services to more than 800 families in Pasco County elementary schools and at home.”

Volunteers will collect diapers, wipes, baby laundry detergent, children’s books, children’s clothing and monetary donations to be used for gas cards and bus passes. In addition to the service aspect, the tailgate will include entertainment and games, including food trucks, Cosmo and the BYU Cheer Squad, face painting and more.



Game: BYU vs. Oregon; September 17, 2022, 12:30 p.m. PDT

Tailgate time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location: 2800 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Eugene, Oregon

Service project: fundraising for refugees in the Eugene and Portland area

“Along with this game, we also have a fantastic opportunity to serve some of the newest members of our community: recently arrived refugees from around the world,” said Kristi Park, Lead Organizer of the Eugene Service Project. “Getting to know these wonderful people who are relocating to our area has been incredibly rewarding. Take the time to serve and become friends and allies. They need our help to be hands of the Lord on this earth.”

BYU Alumni chapters in Portland and Eugene are working with Catholic Community Services, Catholic Charities, the Refugee Resettlement Coalition and Just Serve to raise donations for refugees in the Portland and Eugene areas. Organizers are hoping for donations of all kinds: diapers, diaper wipes, gift cards to area stores (like Target, Walmart or Fred Meyer) or monetary donations. All supplies and donations will be split 50/50 between the Eugene and Portland area refugee groups in need. Individuals do not need tailgate or game tickets to deposit donations.


Match: BYU vs. Notre Dame; October 8, 2022, 4:30 p.m. PDT

Tailgate Time: TBA

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Service project: training for profit Three Square Food Bank

Three Square is Southern Nevada’s largest food supplier and regularly works with faith-based organizations such as Catholic Charities and the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.



Game: BYU vs. Liberty; October 22, 2022, time to be determined

Location: Lynchburg, Virginia

Tailgate Time: TBA

Service project: a literacy campaign to benefit local children with book donations

The BYU Alumni Chapter and the BYU School of Education are joining forces with United Way of Central Virginia in a literacy service project. Participants are encouraged to bring a children’s book that they like to give away to local children.

Game: BYU vs. Boise State; November 5, 2022, time to be determined

Location: Boise, Idaho

Service project: to be determined

Match: BYU vs. Stanford; November 26, 2022, time to be determined

Location: Palo Alto, California

Service project: to be determined

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