'Go Tommies!' But Represent St. Thomas in a Positive Manner

Hello football fans!

On Saturday, Oct. 2, St. Thomas plays football at St. John’s, which is one of the most storied rivalries in the MIAC. We wish our team well and a great time for all of the fans.

As the event approaches, we would like to remind everyone to use good sportsmanship, to conduct themselves with respect, and to represent our school in a positive manner. This especially applies to refraining from the sale, purchase and wearing of T-shirts that disrespect the human dignity of other people. Our colleagues, Father Doug Mullin, vice president for student development at St. John’s University, and Mary Geller, vice president of student development at the College of St. Benedict,  are sending a similar message to the students there.

The NCAA Division III policy clearly states that “Division III athletics encourages the development of sportsmanship and positive social attitudes. Coaches and players treat each other with respect, and administrators work to foster a positive competitive environment.” In an effort to foster this environment, home and visiting guests wearing clothing that is disrespectful to others will be asked to change before gaining entrance to the football game.

More than 14,000 people are expected to attend this game. We have been notified by St. John’s that unsanctioned buses from the Twin Cities will be turned away and not allowed onto St. John’s University property.

Please see this link for more information from St. John's on Saturday's 1 p.m. game.

Cheer and support our players with positive attitudes and excitement. Show your Tommie spirit and enjoy the game!