Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Barry Switzer will be the guest speaker at Lamar’s annual Football Kickoff Celebration slated for Sunday Aug. 24. Switzer headlines the annual event that will give Lamar fans an up close look at the 2014 Cardinals football team.

The event will begin 6:00 p.m. with dinner followed by the introduction of the 2014 Lamar Cardinals coaching staff and players. There will be a private reception for Gold and Red sponsors prior to the start of the dinner. The cost of the event is $100 per person, or $1,000 for a table of eight. The cost of the Gold sponsor is $5,000 which includes primary seating at a table for 10, a Red Room reception and a souvenir photo of Barry Switzer. The cost of the Red Sponsor is $2,500 and includes a table for eight and a souvenir photo with Barry Switzer.

The Cardinals garnered their highest rank in the Southland preseason polls since resurrecting the program, and enter the season with four players named to the preseason All-Southland Conference teams. A lot of the momentum surrounding 2014 teams centers around the LU offense which returns eight starters from last year’s squad that helped set or tie nearly 50 team and individual records. Among the returning starters, senior quarterback Caleb Berry who recorded the best single-season performance by any quarterback in school history – setting school records for completions, passing yards, yards of total offense and touchdown passes.

Defensively, the Cardinals return some of the conference, and nation’s top talent. Former SLC Newcomer of the Year, Kevin Johnson, has made the switch from receiver to safety and is expected to be a starter this season. Johnson has already been named to several preseason All-America squads as a returns specialist.

For more information fans should call (409) 880-2248.