University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long helps the Razorbacks, Lift Up America and Tyson make a donation to agencies of the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., Jan. 26, 2008 – Today Arkansas Razorback student-athletes and coaches joined Tyson Foods, Inc., (NYSE:TSN) and Lift Up America to help fight hunger in Northwest Arkansas. Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long and student-athletes from the football team and women’s volleyball team helped volunteers unload a truckload of protein products donated by Tyson Foods today at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium. The truck contained more than 30,000 pounds of protein products that were distributed to area hunger relief agencies served by the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank.
The event is the most recent of 11 Lift Up America events in which Tyson Foods has participated since September, partnering professional athletes and university student-athletes to distribute a total of more than 330,000 pounds of protein to agencies serving people in need. This is the second year the Lift Up America event has been hosted by the University of Arkansas.
“The University of Arkansas’ Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is proud to partner with such outstanding organizations to reach out to people in Northwest Arkansas and beyond,” Long said. “We are excited about the opportunity to join with a tremendous supporter of Razorbacks Athletics in John Tyson and Tyson Foods in supporting Lift Up America. One of our primary responsibilities as administrators and coaches is to teach our student-athletes the importance of giving back to their community, including assisting those who need a helping hand. This is an ideal opportunity to put that philosophy into action and most importantly make a difference in peoples’ lives.”
Dave Hannah, CEO of Lift Up America, who attended today’s event, said, “The partnership between Tyson Foods and Lift Up America has had a great impact on hunger all across the country.”
“Tyson Foods has worked with the Lift Up America program for the past four years,” said John Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods. “We appreciate the hard work that the athletes and teams have done to fight hunger in their communities, and today we are proud to be in our own community, working with the Razorbacks to help with hunger relief here in our own backyard.” Athletic Director Jeff Long joined approximately 35 students and coaches representing the University of Arkansas at today’s event.