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National College Colors Day is all about wearing your college team’s colors and apparel loud and proud. Show your pride for your local area and school!

Learn about National College Colors Day

National College Colors Day is all about supporting your local college football team and wearing their colors with a great amount of pride. There are lots of reasons why National College Colors Day is a great day to be celebrated, even if you are not a big sports fan. After all, I am sure we can all agree that college provides a great sense of togetherness and we learn a lot of life lessons along the way, as well as academic ones. A lot of people also make their friends for life at college, and so there is more to National College Colors Day than meets the eye.

However, from the sports side of things, National College Colors Day keeps the traditional alive. College colors are symbols of fun, joy, rivalry, history, and traditions. A lot of the different college teams have worn their colors for over 100 years, and there is something incredibly remarkable and touching about this. After all, it is a part of history! By honoring National College Colors Day, you keep the tradition alive, and this is incredibly important. A lot of traditions over the years have dwindled and faded away, but we can make sure that this does not happen with college colors.

History of National College Colors Day

Founded by the College Licensing Company in 2004, National College Colors Day, fans have worn the apparel of their favorite college or university throughout the day. National College Colors Day is celebrated by thousands of organizations, classrooms and millions of individuals who don their team colors and share their school spirit with friends and colleagues.

In 2015, CLC (College Licensing Company) launched the College Colors Challenge. Giving fans a chance to flaunt their colors and express their school spirit. The challenges revolve around three different categories represented by the hash-tags: #SQUADPIC (large group), #FAMPHOTO (family), and #SELFIE (individual).

There is also a lot of history behind the different colors that the college football teams in America wear. You can spend hours on end reading up about this, and this is certainly one of the most interesting ways to spend National College Colors Day. We will talk you through the history of the colors for some of the college teams, however, there are plenty of others out there for you to delve deeper into. Let’s start with Michigan. Their color combination is blue and maize. It may not be the most flashy combination, yet it is traditional and it is recognizable straight away. How did these colors get chosen, though? Well, in 1867, they were selected by a student group today. There was an update to the exact shades in 1912, and since then the colors have stuck. That’s over 100 years of history right there!

What about LSU? Their colors are old gold and royal purple. Interestingly, these are both colors that are associated with royalty, wisdom, and wealth. However, this is not the reason why the colors were adopted. These colors were selected in 1893 after Charles Coates, football coach of the Tigers, bought his team gold and purple ribbon in order to spruce up their uniforms, which were gray at the time.

You also have the gray and scarlet colors of Ohio State, which were also chosen by a small group of students back in 1878. In Texas, their colors are white and burnt orange. They started to wear these colors a bit later on; in the 1920s. The reason they went for these colors is quite interesting! At the time, Clyde Littlefield was a coach and he located a Chicago-based mill that could create a dye that would not fade after washing.

The Longhorns then switched to a lighter shade of orange during the Depression. However, this color did not stick around for long, Darrell Royal brought back the famous burnt orange in the early 1960s.

As you can see, there is a lot of history behind the college colors that are worn at different college football teams today, and that shows why National College Colors Day is such a significant day.

How to celebrate National College Colors Day

Football is one of America’s most passionate sports. A reason why National College Colors Day came about is to bring attention to intercollegiate athletics. On this day, people are encouraged to wear their favorite college or university’s colors throughout the day and to get excited. Wear your college colors. Use #CollegeColorsDay to post on social media and spread the word.

There are plenty of different ways that you can celebrate National College Colors Day. You can show your ultimate team spirit by wearing your college colors. Of course, the best way to go about this is to wear a college football shirt. However, if you don’t have one, don’t let this prevent you from participating in National College Colors Day. You can easily wear clothing that involves your college football team’s colors to make sure that you are still a part of the day.

Another way to celebrate National College Colors Day is by attending or watching your favorite collegiate football game. You will find that college campuses are one of the most fun and energetic places to be when it is game day. Why not experience this for yourself and go to a college football game? If you are lucky, there will be one going on during this date. However, you may have to go to a game within the same week, rather than on National College Colors Day itself. It all depends on the schedule, which you should be able to access online with ease.

If you are not able to go to a game on National College Colors Day, this does not mean that you cannot watch some football on the television. There are a lot of great documentaries about college football. You can discover how your favorite NFL players today made it through the college football system. You should also be able to find re-runs of some of the best college football games.

You can also use National College Colors Day as an opportunity for you to reconnect with your old college friends. After all, college is not only a place for sports, fun, and traditions, but it is also a place where a lot of us build friendships. Why not honor these friendships by organizing some form of college reunion? This is a great way to relive those traditions and reminisce about the glory days. We are sure that you will find that the college spirit still lives on in all of you.

Or, why not get some of your friends together and play a game of football yourself? Or, if you would prefer, you can play a football video game together? There are many different ways that you can get into the football spirit on National College Colors Day.

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