By Hannah Sykes

CLEMSON – Clemson University’s Division of Student Affairs will host the third annual EMpower Blitz Tailgate on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Littlejohn Coliseum before the football game against Florida State University. The tailgate’s theme this year is “Look Out for Your Tailgate Neighbor.”

The tailgate will begin at noon outside the southwest corner of Littlejohn Coliseum facing the Jervey Athletic Center.

Clemson and Florida State students and fans alike are invited to enjoy free food, music, games and activities such as a dunking booth, a photo booth, a step team performance and Rock Band video game. There will also be educational information regarding alcohol and safe tailgating. The event will also include a proclamation from Clemson Mayor Larry Abernathy showing the City of Clemson’s support for EMpower.

Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney encourages fans from both Clemson and Florida State to drop by the tailgate.

“This themed event is hosted each year to not only provide a great tailgate, but to also remind us to look out for each other’s safety on game day. We extend a special welcome to our Florida State visitors,” Swinney said.

“The purpose of Look Out for Your Tailgate Neighbor symbolizes what Clemson is all about – a family atmosphere where we can celebrate our sports teams and be safe and watch out for one another,” said Kathy Cauthen, EMpower Clemson director.

EMpower Clemson, part of the Dean of Students Office in the Division of Student Affairs, is a student-led program that provides resources about alcohol safety to students. “EM” stands for “environmental management” and symbolizes EMpower’s mission to make a difference on Clemson’s campus and community as a whole.

The EMpower Blitz tailgate is co-sponsored by the Interfraternity Council, the Office of Community and Ethical Standards and CLEMSONLiVE.