Marshall Alumni, Fans, and Friends to "Paint the Capital City Green"

Aug. 11, 2006

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Kanawha Valley will once again be getting a new paint job as the ninth edition of "Paint the Capital City Green" comes to Charleston on Wednesday, Aug. 16, presented by the Friends of Coal.

The annual event, which is recognized as the nation's largest pep rally for Marshall University alumni, fans and friends, begins at 6:45 p.m. at Charleston's Embassy Suites Hotel.

"Paint the Capital City Green" is hosted by the Big Green Scholarship Foundation, Marshall University Alumni Association, Greater Kanawha Valley Marshall Club and the Charleston Quarterback Club. Proceeds benefit the Big Green Scholarship Foundation and the MU Alumni Association. This is the third consecutive year the Friends of Coal organization has sponsored this popular Charleston tradition.

"Pride, passion and excitement are the sentiments most often expressed around Marshall these days," Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp said. "We expect this year to be a breakout year on many fronts. A new era of opportunity is unfolding with the opening of the new Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center in Huntington, the kickoff of a promising year of Thundering Herd football and the premiere of the much- anticipated `We Are Marshall' film. It is a great time to be a part of Marshall University and the `Paint the Capital City Green' event always launches the start of our athletic season with great passion and fanfare for our beloved Thundering Herd teams."

With excitement mounting for the upcoming Sept. 2 Friends of Coal Bowl, which pits in-state rivals Marshall and WVU opposing each other for the first time in nine years, fans will get to meet Kopp, second-year football coach Mark Snyder and his staff, and other members of Marshall's coaching staff.

The event begins with a pep rally and tailgate party. In addition, there will be entertainment by Marco, the Marshall cheerleading squad and members of the Marshall University Marching Thunder.

This year's event also will include appearances by Young Thundering Herd Coach Jack Lengyel and 1971 Marshall quarterback Reggie Oliver, who are portrayed in the upcoming "We Are Marshall" film. Both were instrumental in the rebirth of Marshall's football program following the tragic 1970 Marshall plane crash.

A formal program begins at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance as no tickets will be sold at the door. Table sponsorships also are available. For additional information, persons may call (304) 696-3134 or (304) 696-4461.