Businesswoman and philanthropist Madeleine Pickens, businessman and financier T. Boone Pickens, SMU Coach June Jones and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and Super Bowl VI MVP Roger Staubach have announced a “Salute to the Mustangs” event to be held during pre-game and halftime of the SMU-Navy football game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium Oct. 17.
At the game, Madeleine and T. Boone Pickens will present SMU President R. Gerald Turner, Coach Jones and SMU with a trained mustang as a gift to the school. The first 10,000 fans through the gates will receive an SMU spirit towel.
The event is designed to raise awareness of efforts to protect and save America’s wild horses. Madeleine Pickens has proposed a plan by which her National Wild Horse Foundation (NWHF), a private non-profit foundation, will establish a sanctuary as a permanent home to protect and care for wild horses presently in captivity. The sanctuary also would provide a location for the public to visit and appreciate the horses.
To help build support for the campaign, Coach Jones and Madeleine Pickens have sent out a letter to high schools that have horse-related mascots, including the Mustangs, the Broncos, the Cowboys, the Colts, the Stallions, the Caballeros and the Mavericks, asking them to join the effort. Members of the general public also can demonstrate their support through the MadeleinesMustangs.org website.
(Above, left to right: SMU Head Football Coach June Jones, philanthropists Madeleine and T. Boone Pickens, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach and SMU President R. Gerald Turner.)