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(NECN: Katelyn Tivnan) - A lot of Worcester, Mass. residents could be making tracks to Fitton Field this fall thanks to a new a new football ticketing program at Holy Cross.
Engaging the community through football, that's the goal of a new program now being offered in Worcester.
The College of the Holy Cross is announcing it will start selling discounted tickets to Worcester residents.
They are also encouraging alumni to donate tickets to the school for inner city children.
“We are hoping to have at least 1,000 youth funded through our alumni or anyone else,” said Dick Regan of Holy Cross.
Father Philip Boroughs is the president of Holy Cross. He hopes giving children a chance to be a part of the excitement will inspire them to pursue their goals both on and off the field. He says football is just one example of how the school can help build a stronger community.
“What it means to be a team, what it means to work together for an important goal, what it means to have fun together but also push your limits,” said Boroughs.
Close to half of the school’s football team volunteers with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.
Crusaders defensive end Gary Aqcuah says growing up in the city, there isn’t a lot of opportunity to watch football in person.
He hopes the kids will watch the games and want to follow the team’s example of hard work and education.
“To come out sit in the stands come to our tailgate, it’s awesome because you don't know what’s going on in the city so you know if they’re in the stands cheering for us they’re staying out of trouble,” said Aqcuah.
Many young fans say the message is an important one.
“You can do anything you want and never give up,” said Brandi Belair, a fan.
“They're good role models because I’m inspired to grow up to play football too,” said Denzel Kahighan, another fan.
“I think for kids to go to a major event like football and see it being played it's a positive thing for them and hope to inspire them to become athletes to work hard at being something,” said Regan.