Knox College President Donates to Food Bank

Bronze Turkey football game yields donation of Thanksgiving turkeys

November 24, 2010

The annual Bronze Turkey Game has boosted the Jamieson Community Center's annual food drive, as Knox College President Roger Taylor delivered ten frozen turkeys to the community center in Monmouth on Wednesday, November 24.

Taylor's donation to the community center in MonmoRoger Taylor, Mauri Ditzler, Jan Sproututh is a payoff from his annual wager with Monmouth College President Mari Ditzler on the outcome of the Knox-Monmouth football game -- this year won by Monmouth on November 6.

Taylor and Ditzler helped Jamieson Center Executive Director Jan Sprout move the turkeys into the center's food bank. Photo, right, Roger Taylor, Mauri Ditzler, and Jan Sprout, outside the Jamieson Community Center.

Knox and Monmouth have played football 122 times since their first  contest in 1888, making the Bronze Turkey game one of the oldest rivalries in college football. A bronze statue of a turkey, awarded to the winner, was created in 1928. The one-foot-high replica of a Thanksgiving turkey recalls the early years of the rivalry when the game was occasionally played on Thanksgiving Day.

Founded in 1837, Knox is a national liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, with students from 45 states and 48 countries. Knox's "Old Main" is a National Historic Landmark and the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.