Senior finance major Eric Bethea was one of five Texas A&M students presented with the Outstanding 12th Man Award, the highest honor given by Texas A&M’s 12th Man Foundation. The award recognizes their extraordinary effort and contributions made in organizing the Red, White and Blue Out in honor of Texas A&M University and Aggie athletics.

Bethea and four other Texas A&M students (Nick Luton, Cole Roberts, Kourtney Rogers and Josh Rosinski) coordinated the Red, White and Blue Out at Kyle Field to honor those affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Similar to A&M’s Maroon Out, the student organizers sold more than 80,000 T-shirts to deck out Kyle Field in red, white and blue. Proceeds from the project, which totaled approximately $250,000, went to victims’ families.