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SHOWDOWN SERIES KICKS OFF THIS SATURDAY IN BROOKINGS

 

Head-to-Head Yearlong Competition Between the Jacks, Yotes Strives to Raise $19,000 for Feeding South Dakota; Orange will be Prevalent Color at Game Day

 

BROOKINGS, S.D. (Nov. 8, 2016) – The popular, yearlong Showdown Series, an athletic and academic competition between in-state rivals University of South Dakota Coyotes and South Dakota State University Jackrabbits, takes center stage at 2 p.m. this Saturday at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings.

Presented by South Dakota Corn, the South Dakota Showdown Series this year asks fans to “Get Off the Bench” on game day to help raise an unprecedented $19,000 to directly benefit Feeding South Dakota, the Series’ philanthropic organization since inception of the in-state rivalry in 2012. The initiative helps unify the state as the universities and its teams come together to feed hungry families. To match the seating capacity at Dana J. Dykhouse, the $19,000 is anticipated to be reached through a generous $1 donation from each fan attending the November 12 football game. Fans also can donate online at www.feedingsouthdakota.org or on the Venmo account @feeding-SouthDakota. Containers collecting cash donations will be placed at each stadium entrance and concessions stands as well.

“In our state, loyalties are typically reserved for red or for blue, however, this Saturday, it’s all about the color orange to show our dedication to the fight against hunger. We ask both Jacks and Yotes fans to come together this weekend and help us exceed the designated dollar amount earmarked for Feeding South Dakota. That would be a tremendous display of team spirit and one in which many, many families around our state would be forever grateful,” said South Dakota Corn’ Legislative Affairs Director Teddi Mueller.

Both universities are encouraging their fans and the community to “Get Off the Bench” in support of the overall goal to ultimately provide significant funding to Feeding South Dakota. The color orange represents the fight against hunger, which both university athletic programs have teamed up to support. A total of 5,000 fans will receive orange “Get Off the Bench” T-shirts, and the color orange and #farmersfightinghunger will be seen on apparel throughout both sidelines, stands and concourses.

“Jackrabbit Athletics is once again proud to partner with South Dakota Corn and Feeding South Dakota to raise funds and provide a platform for their hunger fighting initiatives,” said SDSU Director of Athletics Justin Sell. “Our fans have a great history of stepping up and providing support for events like this, and I have no doubt this weekend’s large crowd will help meet and exceed the goals set forth.”

USD Director of Athletics David Herbster added, “It is reassuring that in today’s day and age we have student-athletes who are true student athletes and excel in the field of competition and the classroom. The South Dakota Showdown Series is an opportunity to tell these stories, but it also provides us with something greater. It gives both schools the platform to provide the opportunity for our stuent-athletes to give something greater than themselves and make an impact in the community. South Dakota Corn and Feeding South Dakota allow us to make a difference in the state. ”

The South Dakota Showdown Series, won by SDSU last year, operates on a point system in which each school can earn a maximum of 22 points per year based on head-to-head competition between the Jackrabbits and the Coyotes in a total of 17 men’s and women’s athletic events. There is an academic component as well, and the university deriving the most points by the end of the school year will earn bragging rights to the specially designed traveling trophy. Throughout the school year, fans can visit www.sdcornshowdown.com, www.gojacks.com or www.goyotes.com to track progress and see point totals for their favorite team.

“Feeding South Dakota is honored and humbled to be a part of the South Dakota Showdown Series sponsored by South Dakota Corn,” said Matt Gassen, CEO for Feeding South Dakota. “We couldn’t be more proud of the generosity shown to our organization from not only SD Corn, but by the students and staff of these two powerhouse universities, SDSU and USD. It goes to show that great things can happen when rivalries come together for the common good, and in this case, to help end hunger in South Dakota.”

 

Student Support

The student bodies of each university are joining up to make this a record-setting year for funds raised. Approximately 40 members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternities of USD and SDSU will run the game ball from Vermillion to Brookings, SD – 166 miles collecting donations for Feeding South Dakota in communities along the route. Communities include Gayville, Yankton, Irene, Viborg, Hurley, Parker, Humboldt, Madison. The Greek group is accepting donations at https://www.gofundme.com/lxa-feeding-america-football-run.

According to Jace Jerome Michael, a member of Lamda Chi Alpha, University of South Dakota, “We enjoy coming together each year during a time of intense rivalry. That’s not to say we don’t give each other a fair share of grief regarding respective schools along the way; but, at the end of the day, we both support a cause greater than ourselves.”

Spearheading this initiative with the schools and South Dakota Corn are Jackrabbit Sports Properties and Coyote Sports Properties, the multimedia rights holders for SDSU Athletics and USD Athletics respectively. Both are properties of Learfield, which manages multimedia rights for more than 120 collegiate properties around the country. Other Learfield partners hosting rivalry series include Oklahoma/Oklahoma State (Bedlam Series) and Iowa/Iowa State (Cy-Hawk Series)..

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SDSU JACKRABBITS EDGE OUT USD COYOTES IN FOURTH ANNUAL SOUTH DAKOTA SHOWDOWN SERIES

$66,000 raised for Feeding South Dakota

 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (May 31 , 2016) – South Dakota State University pulled out the victory in the Fourth Annual South Dakota Showdown Series presented by South Dakota Corn, with a final score of 16-11.

With a focus on helping to feed the state, the two schools’ student bodies stepped up in a big way in 2015-16 to raise funds to feed hungry families. At the football and basketball head-to-head match-ups, two students aimed to set a new world record of T-shirts put on in one minute. While they didn’t break the record, the students generated almost $12,000 for Feeding South Dakota.

“The Showdown Series is a perfect opportunity for our state’s farmers to share the story of our commitment to feed a growing world while also preserving our precious natural resources,” Corn Utilization Council President Reno Brueggeman said. “And the success of this series has provided the resources for Feeding South Dakota to provide hundreds of thousands of meals the past several years to make sure South Dakotans don’t go hungry.”

The Showdown Series raised $66,000 for Feeding South Dakota during the 2015-16 athletic season.

“We are so grateful for the continued generosity of South Dakota Corn along with South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota for their support of Feeding South Dakota. There has never been a more unique partnership than that of these two organizations, teaming up together in their biggest rivalry yet, working to help end hunger in South Dakota.” Said Matt Gassen, Executive Director for Feeding South Dakota

“All season long both SDSU and USD have been able to showcase academic and athletic excellence with the help of the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council,” SDSU Director of Athletics Justin Sell said. “As Division I institutions, we are proud to place a high value on sportsmanship and community service to meaningful organizations, such as Feeding South Dakota.”

This season the series showcased a high level of competition. Three women’s basketball games were decided by six points or less. The Coyotes won the regular season conference title and the Jackrabbits won The Summit League Tournament for the third time. Both USD and SDSU women went on to play extended season games with the Jackrabbits advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and the Coyotes winning the WNIT.

The series is structured against a point system in which each school can earn 24 points per year based on head-to-head competition and conference championships between SDSU and USD, in a total of 17 men’s and women’s sports. Points are also awarded for athletes’ GPAs and philanthropic efforts.

Feeding South Dakota is the state’s hunger relief organization fighting to eliminate hunger in South Dakota. Feeding South Dakota assists in providing temporary food assistance to 21,000 hungry South Dakota families and individuals each week.

Leading the charge for this initiative with South Dakota Corn and the two universities are Jackrabbit Sports Properties and Coyote Sports Properties, the multimedia rights holders for SDSU Athletics and USD Athletics respectively. Both are properties of Learfield, which manages multimedia rights for more than 120 collegiate properties. For additional information, visit Learfield (www.learfieldsports.com); South Dakota Corn Utilization Council (www.sdcorn.org) or Feeding South Dakota (www.feedingsouthdakota.org).

 

 

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WBB: South Dakota Showdown Series continues Saturday

 

 VERMILLION, S.D.—In a dead heat for the Summit League regular season title, South Dakota and South Dakota State women’s basketball teams face off in the Showdown Series at 2 p.m. Saturday presented by South Dakota Corn. The Coyotes took the first regular season matchup in Brookings 63-58 on Jan. 17.

 

South Dakota and South Dakota State, along with South Dakota Corn, have partnered with Feeding South Dakota to provide more than 330,000 meals to South Dakotans since the Series’ inception. To aid in the effort, a cash donation box will be available at all Aramark concession stands inside the DakotaDome Saturday. There are also collection boxes in all Vermillion and Brookings First Bank & Trust branches and online at www.bankeasy.com.

 

“The Showdown Series allows South Dakota and South Dakota State to place agriculture in the spotlight during head-to-head athletic competitions,” said USD athletic director David Herbster. “Sportsmanship, academic achievement and philanthropy are key components of the Showdown Series which we hope to instill in our student-athletes and fans.”

 

“South Dakota Corn is excited to be a partner in presenting the Showdown Series,” said Teddi Mueller, South Dakota Corn’s industry affairs director. “It’s amazing when you have South Dakota’s two largest universities teaming up with South Dakota’s largest economic driver, agriculture, to focus not only on sports but do what South Dakota does best and that’s feeding people.”

 

In its fourth season, the South Dakota Showdown Series tracks head-to-head competition and conference championship finishes between SDSU and USD. Each school can earn up to 24 points per school year for athletic and academic performances. South Dakota State currently leads South Dakota 7-3 in this year’s showdown. More information on the South Dakota Showdown Series can be found at www.sdcornshowdown.com.

 

World Record Attempt

 

South Dakota cheerleader Carrie Wintle will make her third attempt at the Guinness Book of World Records for the most T-shirts put on in one minute during halftime of Saturday’s game. For every shirt Wintle is able to put on, South Dakota Corn will make a donation of $100 to Feeding South Dakota. If the world record of 31 T-shirts is broken, South Dakota Corn will make a donation of $10,000 plus $100 per completed shirt to Feeding South Dakota.

 

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Saturday’s Showdown Series contest features World Record attempt

VERMILLION, S.D. (Jan. 22, 2016) —Competition during the fourth year of the South Dakota Showdown Series presented by South Dakota Corn resumes Saturday when South Dakota’s men’s basketball team hosts South Dakota State at 4 p.m. inside the DakotaDome. It’s the second game of a doubleheader that includes the Coyote women hosting IUPUI at 1:30 p.m.

 

South Dakota and South Dakota State, along with South Dakota Corn, have partnered with Feeding South Dakota to provide more than 330,000 meals to South Dakotans since the Series’ inception. To aid in the effort, a cash donation box will be available at all Aramark concession stands inside the DakotaDome Saturday. There are also collection boxes in all Vermillion and Brookings First Bank & Trust branches and online at www.bankeasy.com.

 

“The Showdown Series allows South Dakota and South Dakota State to place agriculture in the spotlight during head-to-head athletic competitions,” said USD athletic director David Herbster. “Sportsmanship, academic achievement and philanthropy are key components of the Showdown Series which we hope to instill in our student-athletes and fans.”

 

“The competition between the state’s top two athletic rivals is heating up and this weekend’s Showdown Series game is a big one,” said Teddi Mueller, South Dakota Corn’s industry affairs director. “It’s impressive that the universities are building strong reputations nationwide in Division I sports and, at the same time, the student-athletes are excelling in the classroom. We’re proud of the way the student bodies at both schools have demonstrated good sportsmanship and made a commitment to raise money for Feeding South Dakota.”

 

World Record Attempt

 

A University of South Dakota student will attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for most T-shirts put on in one minute during the first half of Saturday’s men’s game. The current world record stands at 31 shirts. For each T-shirt the USD student is able to put on, South Dakota Corn will make a donation of $100 to Feeding South Dakota. If the world record is broken, South Dakota Corn will make a donation of $10,000 plus $100 per completed shirt to Feeding South Dakota.

 

South Dakota State currently leads South Dakota 5-3 in this year’s competition. The winner of Saturday’s basketball game will earn the next point. More information on the South Dakota Showdown Series can be found at www.sdcornshowdown.com.

 

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USD COYOTES, SDSU JACKRABBITS FOURTH ANNUAL SOUTH DAKOTA SHOWDOWN SERIES AIMS TO BREAK WORLD RECORD

 Since inception, Showdown Series has fed over 330,000 meals to South Dakotans

 

 VERMILLION, S.D. (Nov. 10, 2015) – As part of the Fourth Annual South Dakota Showdown Series, South Dakota Corn, University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University will team up in a world record attempt to generate funds to benefit Feeding South Dakota.

During the third quarter of the football game on Nov. 14, 2015, a Coyote cheerleader will attempt to put on 32 or more T-shirts in one minute. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the current world record is set at 31 shirts. For each T-shirt the cheerleader is able to put on, South Dakota Corn will make a donation of $100 to Feeding South Dakota. If the record is broken at 32 shirts, South Dakota Corn will make a donation of $3,200 to Feeding South Dakota.

“It’s great to see all of the excitement that is generated throughout the state when these two schools’ sports teams go head-to-head in the Showdown Series,” added Corn Utilization Council President Reno Brueggeman. “The enthusiasm of the loyal fans and students is matched by their generosity as they raise money to help feed hungry South Dakotans through this longstanding rivalry.”

“We are excited to compete in the 4th annual South Dakota Showdown Series as it showcases competition at the Division I level.  South Dakota Corn has been a great partner and has provided us a tremendous stage to tout the benefits of healthy competition, academic achievement, sportsmanship and philanthropy,” said South Dakota State University Director of Athletics Justin Sell. “Both schools take great pride in supporting Feeding South Dakota and look forward to raising funds and awareness to the organization’s important work. We hope to add some lifetime memories and create a sense of pride throughout the state as they see our student-athletes model the values that are the cornerstone of what makes South Dakota a great state.”

“The South Dakota Showdown Series has become a source of pride throughout our department, not only because it recognizes the academic and athletic achievements of our student-athletes, but also because of its philanthropic efforts to feed the people of South Dakota. We are thankful to have a strong partner in the South Dakota Corn Council and we look forward to this year’s competition,” said University of South Dakota Director of Athletics David Herbster.

In addition to the world record attempt, both universities are raising money to feed hungry families in the state by providing collection boxes in all Vermillion and Brookings First Bank & Trust branches and online at bankeasy.com. Complementing efforts are pledges per mile taken by the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity in support of the Official Game Ball Run from Brookings to Vermillion. Additional monies and awareness will be raised through social media campaigns awarding autographed memorabilia and Showdown tickets, and there are opportunities for fans to donate on game days at the concession areas.

“First Bank & Trust is pleased to serve as a collection point in this effort to support Feeding South Dakota,” said Kevin Tetzlaff, president of First Bank & Trust in Brookings. “As a community bank, it is both our responsibility and our privilege to help Feeding South Dakota and area Ag producers get food to those who need it most. We hope our customers will join us in this effort.”

Both teams launched a social media campaign this season, driving donations to Feeding South Dakota. Fans have the opportunity to win autographed memorabilia, Showdown Football game tickets or team apparel, by donating to Feeding South Dakota and liking the posts on Facebook at Facebook.com/SouthDakotaStateUniversity and Facebook.com/UniversityofSouthDakotaAthletics.

The Series is structured against a point system in which each school can earn 24 points per year based on head-to-head competition and Conference Championships between SDSU and USD, in a total of 17 men’s and women’s sports. Points are also awarded for athlete’s GPAs and philanthropic efforts. In its three years, the South Dakota Showdown Series, with the help of South Dakota Corn and Coyote and Jackrabbit fans, has raised over $66,000 for Feeding South Dakota equating over 330,000 meals for hungry South Dakotans.

Feeding South Dakota is the state’s hunger relief organization fighting to eliminate hunger in South Dakota. Feeding South Dakota assists in providing temporary food assistance to 21,000 hungry South Dakota families and individuals each week.

Leading the charge for this initiative with South Dakota Corn and the two universities are Jackrabbit Sports Properties and Coyote Sports Properties, the multimedia rights holders for SDSU Athletics and USD Athletics respectively. Both are properties of Learfield Sports, which manages multimedia rights for nearly 120 collegiate properties. For additional information, visit Learfield Sports (www.learfieldsports.com); South Dakota Corn Utilization Council (www.sdcorn.org) or Feeding South Dakota (www.feedingsouthdakota.org).

 

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USD COYOTES PREVAIL OVER SDSU JACKRABBITS IN THIRD ANNUAL ‘SOUTH DAKOTA SHOWDOWN SERIES’

 

Coyotes Top Jacks 14-13 in a Tight Race for Bragging Rights of the Season-Long, In-State Rivalry

 

VERMILLION, S.D. (May 21, 2015) – South Dakota Corn Utilization officials announced today the University of South Dakota is the 2014 -15 winner of the “South Dakota Showdown Series”, a point-based, athletic and academic competition between the two in-state university rivals.

The third year of the Showdown Series did not disappoint, with the battle lasting all the way through the final event of the 2014 -15 academic year. The Summit League Track and Field meet played host as the last athletic competition between the two schools, with USD nabbing two points to take an 11-10 overall lead.

Both universities succeeded in the academic achievement portion of the competition, earning a maximum of three points toward the final total for all student athletes maintaining a cumulative grade point average above 3.0. Presented by South Dakota Corn, the Showdown Series is structured on a point system in which each school can earn 24 points per year based on head-to-head competition and conference championships between SDSU and USD in a total of 17 men’s and women’s sports. For a complete breakdown of point totals against the sport won by the respective university in the 2014-15 year, visit http://sdcornshowdown.com/.

“The South Dakota Showdown Series shines a light on the exceptional student-athletes that represent our great state,” said University of South Dakota Director of Athletics David Herbster. “We are thankful and proud to partner with the South Dakota Corn Council in recognizing the academic and athletic achievements of our athletic programs as well as the philanthropic efforts to feed many South Dakotans.”

A crucial element to the Showdown Series is the focused effort demonstrated by both universities all year long to assist Feeding South Dakota, the competition’s designated non-profit organization. Showdown Series title sponsor, South Dakota Corn presented a check to Feeding South Dakota totaling $21,000 for the 2014 -15 year. South Dakota Corn matched the funds raised in the head-to-head contests to benefit Feeding South Dakota, providing more than 100,000 meals to those in need throughout the state.

“This rivalry has flourished since these universities made the move to Division I and it’s been nice to see the great show of sportsmanship from both schools. What’s really impressive is that these athletes are also leaders in the classroom,” said Corn Council President Reno Brueggeman. “And although the universities are rivals, they’re partners when it comes to fighting hunger through their commitment to Feeding South Dakota. We can all be proud of them for that.”

“We continue to be blessed by our partnership with the South Dakota Showdown Series and South Dakota Corn,” said Matt Gassen, Executive Director of Feeding South Dakota. “The support of these two great universities, their administrations, alumni, fans and student athletes is so amazing. This year’s gift of $21,000 raised during each of the head-to-head athletic contests and matched by South Dakota Corn will help provide over 100,000 meals to struggling families across our state,” Gassen said. “It is so rare that in the midst of athletic competition there are so many caring people who are willing to provide assistance to those who are facing life’s greatest challenges.”

Leading the charge for this initiative with South Dakota Corn and the two universities are Jackrabbit Sports Properties and Coyote Sports Properties, the multimedia rights holders for SDSU Athletics and USD Athletics respectively. Both are properties of Learfield Sports, which manages multimedia rights for nearly 100 collegiate properties. Other Learfield Sports’ schools hosting rivalry series include Oklahoma/Oklahoma State (Bedlam Series) and Iowa/Iowa State (Cy-Hawk Series).

For additional information, visit Learfield Sports (www.learfieldsports.com); South Dakota Corn Utilization Council (www.sdcorn.org) or Feeding South Dakota (www.feedingsouthdakota.org).

 

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(Nov. 19, 2014)

Showdown Series fights hunger in South Dakota

VERMILLION, S.D.—Fans can participate in the state’s biggest rivalry by donating funds to feed hungry families in South Dakota.

Saturday’s football match-up between South Dakota and South Dakota State is part of the South Dakota Corn Showdown Series, which tracks athletic and academic performance among student athletes of both universities and aims to create awareness and raise funds for hungry families in South Dakota.

 

“During the first two years of the Showdown Series, South Dakotans showed their generosity by donating enough money and food to provide tens of thousands of meals for those who are less fortunate,” said Mark Gross, president of the Corn Utilization Council. “As we enter the holiday season, this is a perfect time to step up once again to help those who are down on their luck.”

 

Feeding South Dakota, the state’s largest hunger relief organization, is the philanthropic organization benefitting from the Showdown Series. First Bank & Trust has joined the South Dakota Corn Council in support of the Showdown Series for Feeding South Dakota. Leading up to the game, fans are encouraged to make donations at their local First Bank & Trust branch or online at bankeasy.com.

 

“Fishback Financial Corporation, through our 16 First Bank & Trust locations, is happy to serve as the collection point for donations to Feeding South Dakota as part of the USD/SDSU Showdown Series,” said David Waligoske, President/CEO of Fishback Financial Corporation. “We have a lot of fun with the rivalry within our organization, having locations in each of the college towns and employing many graduates of both universities.  It’s nice to see the rivalry fuel donations to a great cause.”

 

Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity members from both universities will participate in a 137 mile run from Vermillion to Brookings benefiting Feeding South Dakota. The group is taking pledges/donations per runner and mile in order to help the Showdown Series fight hunger in South Dakota. Around 40 students will leave the DakotaDome at 8 a.m. Friday. Once in Brookings, the group will present the game ball to South Dakota State University President, and fellow fraternity member, David Chicoine.

 

The South Dakota Corn Utilization Council will be distributing Showdown Series rally towels to commemorate the event and serve as a reminder to help hungry families in South Dakota. The rally towels will be available to the first 5,000 fans on the east side of Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.

 

Special videoboard messages from South Dakota State student athletes will emphasize to fans and players the importance of the Showdown Series’ sportsmanship initiative.

 

South Dakota leads South Dakota State 3-2 in the South Dakota Corn Showdown Series point standings, following the 2014 volleyball, soccer and cross country match-ups. The series is in its third season and the 2014-15 winner will be announced at the conclusion of the athletic and academic year.

 

For additional information, visit Showdown Series (www.sdcornshowdown.com) or South Dakota Corn Utilization Council(http://www.sdcornshowdown.com).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SDSU JACKRABBITS TOP USD COYOTES IN SECOND ANNUAL “SOUTH DAKOTA SHOWDOWN SERIES”

 

Jacks Bested Coyotes 18-9 in Season-Long, In-State Rivalry Competition

 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (May 29, 2014) – South Dakota Corn Utilization officials announced today that South Dakota State University again will hold bragging rights another full year as winner of the “South Dakota Showdown Series”, a point-based, athletic and academic competition between the two in-state university rivals.

Following the 2012-13 athletic season – the Showdown Series’ inaugural year – the SDSU Jackrabbits bested the University of South Dakota Coyotes with a score of 14-13, while at the conclusion of this season, the Jackrabbits came out on top with a score of 18-9.

Overall, both universities succeeded in the academic achievement portion of the 2013-14 competition, earning a maximum of three points toward the final total. Presented by South Dakota Corn, the Showdown Series is structured against a point system in which each school can earn 24 points per year based on head-to-head competition and conference championships between SDSU and USD in a total of 17 men’s and women’s sports. For a complete breakdown of point totals against the sport won by the respective university, visit http://sdcornshowdown.com/.

“For years, this storied rivalry has captivated our state on the fields of play. Now, the South Dakota Corn Showdown Series spotlights academic and philanthropic achievements in addition to athletics,” said Justin Sell, Director of Athletics, South Dakota State University. “We’re proud to showcase the successes of our student athletes, celebrate their victories and help them become lifelong champions.”

“The South Dakota Corn Showdown Series has enhanced a great rivalry by providing outstanding exposure to the achievements of both institutions. We congratulate SDSU on their victory this year and look forward to the series for years to come,” said University of South Dakota Director of Athletics David Herbster.

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A critical complement to the Showdown Series is the concerted effort demonstrated by both universities all year long to assist Feeding South Dakota, the competition’s designated non-profit organization. In February, a total of 3,583 backpacks were filled when USD and SDSU athletic departments, student athletes and Learfield Sports’ personnel teamed up for Feeding South Dakota’s BackPack program. Additionally, nearly 32,000 meals from monetary donations and pounds of food collected during the entire athletic season have gone to directly benefit families in the immediate region.

“The way these two universities put their rivalries aside to provide us vital assistance all year long is remarkable,” said Feeding South Dakota’s Executive Director Matt Gassen. “Being aligned with the Showdown Series has meant so much to us and the families we help every day, and we really can’t thank the schools and South Dakota Corn enough for their ongoing support.”

“We are proud to be a part of this historic rivalry between state’s two largest universities featuring the state’s top student-athletes,” said South Dakota Corn Utilization Council President Mark Gross. “With its enormous popularity, the Showdown Series offers our organization a unique opportunity to tell the story of the state’s number one industry, agriculture to an ever growing fan base.”

Spearheading this initiative with the South Dakota Corn and the two universities are Jackrabbit Sports Properties and Coyote Sports Properties, the multimedia rights holders for SDSU Athletics and USD Athletics respectively. Both are properties of Learfield Sports, which manages multimedia rights for 99 collegiate properties. Other Learfield Sports’ schools hosting rivalry series include Oklahoma/Oklahoma State (Bedlam Series) and Iowa/Iowa State (Cy-Hawk Series).

For additional information, visit Learfield Sports (www.learfieldsports.com); South Dakota Corn Utilization Council (www.sdcorn.org) or Feeding South Dakota (www.feedingsouthdakota.org).

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Showdown Series food drive to benefit Feeding South Dakota

(Feb. 20, 2014) – The annual Showdown Series challenge between the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University continues on the basketball court and also in grocery aisles.

From Saturday, Feb. 22 through Sunday, March 2, Coyote and Jackrabbit fans will deposit food in barrels at seven Hy-Vee grocery stores in Sioux Falls as well as Hy-Vee stores in Brookings and Vermillion. All food that’s collected will be donated to Feeding South Dakota.

The food drive will conclude after basketball games between the men’s teams March 1 in Brookings and the women’s teams March 2 in Vermillion. Cash donations also can be made at the games or by calling Feeding South Dakota at 605-335-0364.

The drive is a partnership involving Coyote Sports Properties, Jackrabbit Sports Properties, Hy-Vee, Feeding South Dakota and South Dakota Corn, which sponsors the Showdown Series.

A similar drive held last November raised 35,360 pounds of food for Feeding South Daktoa, the state’s largest hunger-relief organization. That food provided 29,467 meals.

The Showdown Series is a yearlong athletics and academic competition between the state’s two NCAA Division I universities.

Food will be distributed locally through food banks and pantries. Items that are collected in Brookings and Vermillion will be given out through food pantries operated by local churches.

To track the Showdown Series standings, visit sdcornshowdown.com/

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