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Gophers To Help Raise Epilepsy Awareness Saturday Against Michigan

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ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 01: Ryan Van Bergen #53 of the Michigan Wolverines carries the 'Little Brown Jug' off the field after defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers 58-0 at Michigan Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 01: Ryan Van Bergen #53 of the Michigan Wolverines carries the ‘Little Brown Jug’ off the field after defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers 58-0 at Michigan Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Gophers football team will recognize national epilepsy month by adding some purple to their maroon and gold.

The university announced Thursday that Minnesota players will wear purple towels, wristbands and helmet stickers to bring awareness to the condition during their game on Saturday against Michigan. Gophers coach Jerry Kill is one of the 2.2 million people in the United States who suffers from seizures.

Cheerleaders will use purple pompons, and coaches will also wear purple ribbons made by Kill’s wife. The color purple has been adopted internationally for epilepsy awareness and support. According to the university, this will be the first college football game used to raise epilepsy awareness.

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