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EDMOND, Okla. – A local university is inviting the community to celebrate their 2014 homecoming week.

The University of Central Oklahoma is celebrating their 2014 homecoming with a week of events beginning October, 25.

This year’s theme, “Honor Bronze and Blue,” celebrates both the university and students past and present who have served in the U.S. military.

The week kicks off with a day of service from 8 a.m. to noon Sat., Oct. 25 for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community at organizations around the Oklahoma City metro.

Other events include a dodge ball tournament, a 5K “glow run,” Central’s annual Distinguished Alumni Awards, inductions to the UCO Athletic Hall of Fame, and culminates with a tailgate sponsored by the Alumni Association and the UCO-Northeastern State University football matchup at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 in Wantland Stadium.

“We selected our homecoming theme, ‘Honor Bronze and Blue,’ because it acknowledges both a love for the university and Central’s dedication to its military students,” said Courtney James, assistant director of Campus Activities.

“Homecoming 2014 will celebrate Central and honor the members of our community who have so selflessly served our country.”

Throughout the week, Central will also recognize Bronchos who have served.

Many homecoming events benefit the HUGS Project, an Oklahoma-based nonprofit that supports U.S. troops. The group has sent more than 1.9 million cooling scarves and 900 tons of care package items to deployed soldiers since its founding in 2004.

Homecoming week activities include:

  • Bronze and Blueberry Breakfast and Golf Cart Parade, 9 a.m. Oct. 28, Plunkett Park: The pancake breakfast will include comments from UCO President Don Betz, UCO football coach Nick Bobeck, live music and the crowning of UCO’s Faculty and Staff Homecoming King and Queen.
  • Red, Bright and Blue Glow Run 5K, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Plunkett Park: Registration begins at 6 p.m. and is free for UCO students with the donation of a new, working flashlight to be put in care packages for deployed soldiers and $20 for non-UCO students. Registrants receive a commemorative T-shirt, a light-up water bottle and glow gear. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest male and female runners and the most patriotic male and female runners.
  • Old North Ghost Tours, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Plunkett Park: Learn about Central’s spooky history and the ghosts that are said to call the university home.
  • Bonfire and Pep Rally, 8 p.m., Oct. 30, Hamilton Field House: Join the fun as the Central community comes together with the UCO Marching Band and the cheer and pom squads to pump up the Broncho football team.
  • Cheer and Dance, 10 p.m., Oct. 30, Hamilton Field House: Student organizations compete for the title of cheer and dance champion. Admission is free for UCO students and $5 for any non-UCO student. Proceeds benefit the HUGS Project.
  • Future Broncho and Coloring Contest Winners Party, 9:15 a.m., Nov. 1, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church parking lot, 325 E. 1st Street, Edmond: Bronchos of all ages are invited to enjoy donuts, face painting, Broncho gear giveaways and more. Winners of the Homecoming Coloring Contest will be announced.
  • Homecoming Parade, 10 a.m., Nov. 1, UCO campus and downtown Edmond: The parade will be marshaled by retired U.S. Air National Guard Major General and current Oklahoma Secretary of Veterans Affairs Rita Aragon.
  • Homecoming tailgating and football game, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 1, west of Wantland Stadium: UCO’s Alumni Association will provide a tailgate-style lunch, and Broncho football takes on Northeastern State University at 2 p.m. in Wantland Stadium.