“Paint the City of Caldwell Purple,” C of I athletic director Marty Holly said. And thanks to the efforts of the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce along with C of I athletics, “Go Purple” became a reality this fall with local businesses offering special deals to those sporting purple clothing on Fridays before C of I home football games.
And as the football season comes to a close this weekend, the C of I wants to encourage the community to ‘Go Purple’ as Yotes basketball enters another exciting season in the J.A. Albertson Activities Center.
On Nov. 13 and Nov. 20, local residents can pick up a prize entry form at their favorite “Go Purple” businesses for a chance to win basketball season tickets and signed Yotes memorabilia. Just return the filled out entry form to either the football game vs. Carroll at noon on Nov. 14 or the Mayor’s Cup basketball game vs. NNU at 7 p.m. on Nov. 24. Drop the form in a collection box at the entrance of those games to be entered into the drawing. Winners will be announced at halftime and you must be present to win.
“The school spirit and community support that has been displayed during all of our home games over the past two seasons has been nothing short of spectacular,” C of I men’s basketball coach Scott Garson said. “We have loved seeing the community get behind our football team by wearing purple on Fridays and we want to encourage them to keep doing so as our hoops teams take to the court.”
Coming off back-to-back Cascade Conference regular season and tournament titles, Garson’s squad enters the season as the CCC preseason coaches’ poll favorite to win a third consecutive title, while being ranked No.6 in the nation. And picking up where they left off last year, the Yotes have extended their home win-streak to 36 games, the third longest home winning streak in the nation at any collegiate level. Meanwhile, the C of I women’s squad looks to return to its traditional spot amongst the CCC elite.
The next men’s home games are during the Domino’s Classic at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 and 21 against Montana Tech and Metro State, respectively. The women open their home schedule against Montana Western at 7 p.m. on Nov. 27. Tickets for basketball games can be purchased online at yoteathletics.com or by calling 459-5223.
“Both our men’s and women’s programs will be very exciting for our fans to watch this season,” C of I women’s coach Mark Owen said. “We all look forward to seeing the YoteFam revved up and ready to ‘Go Purple!’”
The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.