Southern Miss announces Tori Bowie Day

Southern Miss announces Tori Bowie Day

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi has announced that November 25 will be Tori Bowie Day.

Bowie is former track and field stand out at Southern Miss, as well as an Olympic gold medalist.

Tori Bowie Day will celebrated the Bowie's accomplishments at USM as well as her 2016 Rio medals.

The dedication takes place on the same day the Golden Eagles play host to rival Louisiana Tech in the team's regular-season football finale. Bowie will be among her closest friends and family as she takes in The Rock for this key C-USA battle over a festive holiday weekend.

For that day, the first 10,000 fans at the contest will receive a Bowie commemorative mini poster and a special in-game ceremony honoring her will take place at halftime.

"It means the world to me because I feel like I'm telling my story to the world," Bowie said of winning her Gold medal in Rio. "I'm just trying to be an example to everyone from Mississippi and especially from my hometown of Sand Hill. I just want to let everyone know we are all capable of doing whatever it is we want to do in life."

Bowie was a two-time long jump national champion while at Southern Miss, one in Indoor and one in Outdoor in 2011. She took home the gold medal in the 4x100 relay, as well as the silver and bronze in the 100m and 200m, respectively.

Game time for the contest will be either 3 or 4 p.m., with a final designation set by ESPN following the games played on Nov. 19.