Our UCF family is known for its strong commitment to serving others and making a difference.

As our football team prepares for its final game in this exciting and historic season – the Jan. 1 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl – I ask you to consider two opportunities to give back to the Arizona communities that will graciously welcome our team and our fans.

To those of you who have already made plans to attend the UCFiesta, thank you for your support! On Dec. 31, I invite you to join your fellow Knights fans and our friends from Baylor to pack emergency meals at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Phoenix. Together, we will help families in need and fight hunger in our host communities. To find out how you can help, read this news story.

Those of you who will not be joining us in Arizona can purchase tickets for active duty military personnel at Luke Air Force Base, located just outside of Phoenix. Many of you have already purchased and donated tickets, and I thank you for supporting the men and women dedicated to our country and our freedom.

You have the option to donate tickets when you order by phone or online.

Thank you for everything you do to support our student-athletes and for your commitment to serving others.

Go Knights!

John C. Hitt