MISSOULA – Griz fans will have a chance to show their school spirit during this year’s Griz-Cat football game while supporting University of Montana student groups.

The Associated Students of the University of Montana have created limited edition Griz gear for fans to celebrate the 122nd Brawl of the Wild.

The maroon T-shirts and sweatshirts feature the phrase, “Good ol’ Grizzlies” on the front and “Down with the Foe” on the back, which are lines from the UM fight song. Maroon beanies also have the phrase, “Good ol’ Grizzlies.” The Griz gear is available online until Sunday, Oct. 15 or in the UM Bookstore in November.

UM students voted for the specific design during the first week of fall classes.  As part of a new annual tradition, students will choose the design of a line of merchandise that will launch in connection to the Brawl of the Wild. Anyone can purchase the items, but the theme is “by students, for students.”

Proceeds from each sale will go directly toward UM’s student groups. When an item is purchased, the buyer can select a specific student group to support.

"We're so lucky to have this partnership with Grizzly Athletics and even better, the opportunity to use it as a fundraiser to give back to our students,” said ASUM President Maggie Bell. “One of the best parts about being a student is getting involved in student groups. Having funding to participate and put on events is a crucial aspect of that. Brawl of the Wild is back in Missoula this year and I can't wait to see everyone in their maroon gear while benefiting our students!"

UM’s student groups hope the maroon gear will fill the stands during the Brawl of the Wild, which will take place at noon, Saturday, Nov. 18 in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

“The Brawl of the Wild is one of our most important traditions. This is a great opportunity for Griz fans to purchase new shirts, hats and hoodies,” said Jenny Petty, UM vice president of Marketing Communications. “This merchandise line was inspired and chosen by current students, and it not only helps fans show their Griz pride, but directly supports our students.”

The enthusiasm for the exclusive gear is part of a growing excitement for Grizzly Athletics. UM set a new Washington-Grizzly Stadium record with 26,978 people in attendance last month during the Black Out football game against Ferris State. New attendance records also were set this fall for Montana’s soccer and Griz volleyball games.

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