Homecoming events for the University of North Texas begin Monday before the big homecoming weekend with the theme, "Deep in the Heart of UNT."
The main events will take place Saturday, Nov. 11 with the homecoming parade, a fun run and football game against the University of Texas at El Paso in the afternoon.
On Monday, there will be a Dallas Leadership Foundation Donation Drive to collect socks, soap and toothbrushes for the homeless population in Dallas. The event will run from 2:30 to 6 p.m. in the old Sack N' Save parking lot.
Later in the week, there will be the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards at Apogee Stadium's HUB Club. The event, set for Thursday, Nov. 9, will recognize the achievements of alumni from professional accomplishments to what they have given back to the university community.
The season openers for both men's and women's basketball will be Friday, Nov. 10. The women's game against Mid-America Christian University starts at 3 p.m. at the Super Pit, then the men's game against Eureka College follows at 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., the spirit march begins at Fraternity Row on Maple Street, and will end at the night's bonfire. The bonfire will begin at 8 p.m. on the northwest side of Apogee Stadium.
Saturday will start with a Homecoming Fun Run at 7:15 a.m. at the Pohl Recreation Center, 1900 Chestnut St. The race is a 5K and free for everyone to run. Registration will be open until 7 a.m. the morning of the race.
As people prepare to head for the parade, they can stop at the UNT Speech and Hearing Center at 907 W. Sycamore St. for free hearing screenings from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. They will also provide free earplugs.
The Homecoming Parade begins at 11 a.m. on Highland Street, and will circle around the downtown Square before heading back toward campus.
Tailgating around campus will start at 1:30 p.m., with live music, fun zones and tents for different school organizations. The football game begins at 4 p.m. at Apogee.