Aug. 27, 2003
Seattle - Seattle mayor Greg Nickels announced a proclamation today that every Friday between Aug. 29 and Nov. 21 will be "Purple Fridays" in the hometown of the Washington Huskies. In the proclamation Nickels encourages citizens to wear purple on Fridays to show support for the Huskies.
Timed with the announcement of the proclamation was Washington's kickoff of its TGIP (Thank Goodness It's Purple) campaign, also encouraging Husky fans to wear purple on Fridays and to all Washington athletic events.
"Our entire athletic staff wears purple on Fridays and we want to see that spread into the community," says Husky athletic director Barbara Hedges. "Seattle is Husky territory and we want all the great supports of the Washington program to literally wear that passion on Friday's during the year. It is a marvelous site to see all of the purple at Husky Stadium for a home football game. We want to expand that and we appreciate Mayor Nickels helping us to announce this campaign."
An element of the University's TGIP campaign will focus on assisting area retailers in their sales of officially licensed Husky merchandise.
To support the campaign, the TGIP slogan is featured on Washington's schedule posters and schedule cards and other various promotional items throughout the academic year.
City of Seattle - Office of the Mayor
WHEREAS, Seattle is fortunate to be the home of one of the finest institutions of higher education in the nation; and
WHEREAS, the University of Washington is a state-wide institution of higher education, operating on campuses in Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma and serving the needs of learners in every county of the state, and
WHEREAS, the University of Washington's world-class research and education contribute more than $4.6 billion and 56,000 jobs to the economy of the State of Washington; and
WHEREAS, there are more than 330,000 University of Washington alumni worldwide, including more than 260,000 in the Seattle/King County area, whose outstanding contributions to the community are immeasurable; and
WHEREAS, one of the official colors of the University of Washington is purple; and
WHEREAS, the Husky Football Team kicks off its season on August 30 at Ohio State University;
Now, therefore, I, GREGORY J. NICKELS, Mayor of the City of Seattle, do hereby proclaim every Friday between August 29 and November 21, 2003 as PURPLE FRIDAYS
in Seattle, and I encourage everyone to wear purple on Fridays to show support for the University of Washington Huskies.