OXFORD, Ohio – As the students begin to return to campus and the leaves will soon start to change colors, Miami Athletics is asking for fans, students, faculty, staff, alumni, local business and community members to help color Oxford red each Friday during the 2013-14 academic year. Building on last year’s “All-In Fridays,” Miami Athletics encourages everyone to sport red clothing each week as part of Wear Red Fridays.

“We want Miami to be a source of pride for Oxford and the surrounding communities, and what better way to show it than everyone wearing red on the same day. We’re asking community members, fans, students, alumni, faculty and staff to Stand As ONE and display their Miami spirit on Wear Red Fridays,” said Miami Director of Athletics David Sayler. “Imagine Oxford painted red every Friday. It would be awesome to see this town buzzing with excitement before Miami’s athletic events each weekend, and continuing our tradition of wearing red on Fridays will be a big part of helping to make that happen."

Coinciding with Miami’s Stand As ONE campaign for 2013-14, Wear Red Fridays will unite all groups of Miami supporters. Last year, several groups on campus and in the community took pictures of themselves showing off their Miami spirit on “All-In Fridays.” The RedHawks are spurring fans to do the same this year and can even win prizes for doing so. As part of Miami’s “30 Days of Giveaways” social media promotion, individuals, groups or staffs can post photos of themselves on Swoop’s Facebook page each Friday with the photo that gets the most likes winning Miami Athletics apparel. Fans can also tweet photos showing off their red gear on Fridays using the hashtag #MUStandAs1.

“It is always energizing to see people throughout our campuses wearing red on Fridays as a show of spirit and pride in Miami, and we will continue to encourage everyone to do so this year as we as we ‘Stand As ONE’,” said Miami President David Hodge. “Stand As ONE signifies that the community as a whole – our students, staff, faculty, alumni, student athletes, and our Oxford community -- are united in our pride and enthusiasm for Miami University.”

With two RedHawk teams already in training camp and several others starting in the coming days, help turn Oxford red each Friday and Stand As ONE during the 2013-14 season. Fans can purchase the latest red Miami apparel at shop.muredhawks.com.

Fans can also show off their red gear and Stand As ONE at Miami Athletics’ annual Pigskin Preview and Cookout presented by the Oxford Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, Aug. 17. Included in the day’s events, which start at 10 a.m., are a Miami Equipment yard sale, a football team scrimmage, a kid zone and autograph session with the football team, and a cookout under the East stands of Yager Stadium. The deadline to register for the cookout is Wednesday, Aug. 14. Reserve your tickets for the Pigskin Preview and Cookout by clicking here, or calling the Miami Athletics Ticket Office at 513-529-4295.

In addition to wearing red on Fridays, be sure to purchase your football season tickets today! Season tickets are available online here or by calling 513-529-HAWK (4295). The RedHawks host rival Cincinnati in their home opener in the “Battle for the Bell” Sept. 21.