Inducted March 19, 2013
Auburn University Athletics’ commitment to Alabama 4-H youth has provided thousands of Alabama youngsters an often unlooked and much-needed opportunity to experience a college game-day atmosphere, see a collegiate athletic game and think about being a part of it one day.
For the past five years, Auburn Athletics Marketing has partnered with Alabama 4-H and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System to provide youth complimentary tickets to football and basketball games. While these events center on athletics, youth cake away experiences that can remain with them a lifetime.
AU Athletics’ generosity is much more than a ticket-it provides youth the ability to leave their community and county (some for the first time) and experience a campus atmosphere during one of its most exciting times-an athletic event.
The great reward for the day is seeing a child’s face light up as they step off a bus onto campus, eager to soak up all the experiences.
ln the fall of 2012, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M and Auburn University) took advantage of the Auburn Tigers playing Alabama A&M University Bulldogs to offer Extension Youth Day. In addition to educational exhibits, admission officers from both universities and celebrity athletes, the two universities were recognized for its joint mission of Extension by highlighting its youth development programs Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs at AAMU, and Alabama 4-H and Youth Development and Operation Military Kids: Alabama at Auburn.
“The football teams meeting was a great opportunity to celebrate the education programs ACES delivers through both universities working for the betterment of Alabamians,” says Director Gary Lemme.
These events provided by AU Athletics are something that cannot be underestimated in the life of a child because the experience allows them to see first-hand and dream of what they can achieve.
Nominated by: Alabama 4-H