Here’s a collection of video from the 2009 Lift Up America donation with the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. 89 student athletes, 39 northwest Arkansas non-profit agencies, a 35 lb. truckload of Tyson products came together on one clear, cold Ozark Saturday morning. It was fun and rewarding.
Lieu R. Smith from Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Berryville, Arkansas.
Lieu is one of thousands of people who work at ground level in the fight against hunger. His food bank feeds four to five hundred families a month.
Rodger Hunter, the Student Life Coordinator for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks athletic program is a heck of a guy.
Rodger works hard to get student athletes involved in the community. To put them in places where they need to be, and keep them out of places they don’t.
Today, Rodger helped bring an amazing 85 Razorback athletes to Don Reynolds stadium–in sub-freezing temperatures and long before they normally get up on Saturday morning–to help distribute 35 thousand pounds of Tyson products to 38 agencies of the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank. With that much muscle and energy, it was phenomenal how quickly the product went out of the Tyson truck and into the agency vehicles.
Props to you Rodger. Keep on doing what you’re doing, and thanks for your help today.
Other student athlete video interviews can be seen here:
Most folks around Arkansas know London Crawford as being an outstanding receiver, and part of what has been known as the "play of the year," a 24-yard touchdown pass in the last 22 seconds, that pulled Arkansas ahead of LSU in the final game of the 2008 season.
But today, London made another outstanding play, interviewing a member of an agency of the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, discussing the work of the agency in fighting hunger in the community.
London was one of about 85 Arkansas athletes who came out on a sub-freezing day to help distribute food to 38 agencies of the food bank.
This is the kind of off-the-field news that, while occurring often, doesn’t get reported enough.
Kudos London. We think you could make a great reporter.
University of Arkansas football players helping donate 35K lbs. of Tyson products at a Lift Up America donation, January 24, 2009.