More than 740 4-H members, family and friends from 31 West Virginia counties will cheer on the Mountaineer football team and learn about two of West Virginia University’s popular academic programs during 2003 4-H Football Day Saturday, Sept. 13, in Morgantown. The event is sponsored by the WVU Extension Service.

This year’s activities feature tours of the WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources (CEMR) and the WVU School of Nursing. Faculty and students from each school will discuss the latest advances in their respective fields and future career opportunities with the 4-H groups.

While visiting CEMR , 4-H members will see the award-winning Mini-Baja car and hybrid electric-powered FutureTruck, while learning about the new biometrics degree program. Visitors to the School of Nursing can view exhibits and learn about career opportunities.

After the tours, attendees will gather at Mountaineer Field for pre-game festivities which include performances by the Mountaineer Marching Band, and then watch the WVU football team play the Cincinnati Bearcats.

“We are delighted to welcome our 4-H youth and families from across the state to WVU ’s Morgantown campus and Mountaineer Field,”said Larry Cote, director of WVU Extension Service.”It’s a great way to give a glimpse of academics and college life, to talk about post-college jobs and career opportunities, as well as enjoy that unique Mountaineer football spirit.”

The 4-H program is WVU Extension’s premier youth development program. The WVU Extension Service operates the 4-H program through local offices in every county of the state. Through clubs, special interest groups, camps, after-school programs and individual learn-by-doing projects, 4-H reaches 56,000 young people statewide. They are supported by more than 7,200 adult volunteers who serve as mentors.