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Rice is proud to announce that $5 from every ticket sold on this link will go back to the NASA Alumni League to be donated local educational STEM initiatives! Don't miss out on this exciting game between the Rice Owls and Texas Longhorns and the chance to help local educational institutes!
As many know, President Kennedy's rhetorical query "Why does Rice play Texas?" is engrained into the fabric and culture of Rice Football forever. We feel this September's game, occurring in the same year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, is a special time to look back and honor all that has been done to "do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard."
Not only is the September 14 date significant in that it is two days after the anniversary of President Kennedy's historic 1962 Rice Stadium speech, but it is THE anniversary (to the day) of the 1961 memorandum from James Webb announcing, "Our decision is that this laboratory [Manned Spacecraft Center, now Johnson Space Center] should be located in Houston, Texas, in close association with Rice University and the other educational institutions there and in that region," thus it's actually the anniversary of the day that Houston became "Space City, USA."