For the second straight year, Ole Miss and Mississippi State will merge in support of Special Olympics Mississippi with the Special Olympics Unified Egg Bowl, which is scheduled for Nov. 16.
The game, which will take place at the Ole Miss intramural fields, will feature Special Olympics athletes with intellectual disabilities who will play flag football with college students from both schools.
“The Unified Egg Bowl gives students and Special Olympics athletes an opportunity to interact and build camaraderie and community,” Jim Beaugez, director of PR and communications for Special Olympics Mississippi, said in a statement. “The competition is real and strong among our athletes, and they have a lot of fun with the rivalry. This is their Egg Bowl, and they give it all they have.”
Fans of both teams are asked to donate money to help with Special Olympics programs of both schools and support programs throughout the state. The fan base that raises the most money will begin the game with a three-point lead.
The event raised $12,000 in 2014, according to a statement from Amanda Alpert, Ole Miss coordinator of intramural sports and sports clubs.
Mississippi State raised the most money last year, but Ole Miss walked away with a 23-17 win in the inaugural event in Starkville, Miss.
Ole Miss director of athletics Ross Bjork and several Rebels student-athletes will be in attendance, and Caroline Coker, the ruling Miss University at Ole Miss, will perform the national anthem. The Ole Miss band will also have a halftime performance.