April 18, 2008
Tech plans "White Out" for 2008 home opener with Furman
Hokies hope to promote reading across Virginia with inaugural event

BLACKSBURG, Va. - In an effort to promote reading across the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Virginia Tech football team will hold its inaugural "White Out" on Sept. 6, 2008 when it plays Furman at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.

White Out T-shirts will be available to purchase from the University Bookstores, including the stadium store, beginning Saturday at Tech's annual Maroon-White spring game. The shirts will sell for $6 and the proceeds from the sales will go to Herma's Readers.

Herma's Readers is a non-profit organization that promotes the power of reading and literacy to youngsters during their formative years, grades K-3. The organization was formed as a tribute to Tech head football coach Frank Beamer's mother, Herma Beamer, a teacher for over thirty years in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Hokies will wear a special white uniform against Furman that will include white helmets. The white uniforms will feature components of past uniforms in honor of a group of former Virginia Tech head coaches and teams (1961-86). It will mark the first time that Tech has worn all-white uniforms at Lane Stadium.

The jerseys will have stripes on the shoulders to represent the Jerry Claiborne era, and the helmet will be white with an orange state of Virginia displayed on the sides, honoring the Charlie Coffey years. The stripes on the pants will be representative of Jimmy Sharpe's tenure, while the T within the V logo used during Bill Dooley's early seasons will be incorporated on the front of the jerseys.

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