Westerville, OH — Otterbein University is celebrating its 100th Homecoming this Saturday, Sept. 16, and is using the event to show some support for America’s troops.
At 1:40 p.m., Otterbein will present the Pre-Game Celebration: An Otterbein Salute to Kindness at Memorial Stadium, 180 Center St. This epic stadium-sized thank you to United States troops and veterans will include a 100-singer strong choir leading the 2,400-seat stadium in singing America the Beautiful. Additionally, all Homecoming attendees are asked to write notes of support to send to active duty service men and women and veterans.
The Salute to Kindness is part of a new initiative with The Columbus Foundation to inspire kindness in central Ohio. Otterbein’s pledge as the lead university in this effort encourages students, alumni, donors, friends, community members and employees to give gifts and perform acts of kindness that make a difference. Through Otterbein’s Kindness Matters initiative, the Cardinal community will document actions and programs that help ease someone’s burden, advance knowledge, nurture civility, build community and advance the common good. A website will be launched where pictures and reflections can be posted, as well as on social media at #kindnessmatters. The initiative includes an important social science research component so we might better understand behavior change and other related environmental factors.
Following the Salute to Kindness, the Otterbein Cardinals will take on Wilmington College at 2 p.m. Admission is free with a donation of a canned food item. Follow the Homecoming festivities using #otterbein.