Terry Saban Leads Drive For Libraries

Alabama athletics and Terry Saban will help raise funds in order to benefit academics for all UA students by taking donations for University Libraries at the A-Day Game on Saturday, April 12. Last year Mrs. Saban led a fund-raising drive for Enterprise High School, which had been destroyed by a tornado.

The Alabama football team will have its annual A-Day Game at 2 p.m. next Saturday, April 12, at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Last year over 92,000 attended the Crimson-White scrimmage. There is no admission charge, but fans are encouraged to make donations.

Terry Saban, the wife of Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban; UA students, faculty, staff, and student-athletes, including members of the Crimson Tide men's basketball team, will be collecting donations for the University Libraries at each gate at Bryant-Denny Stadium and in the Walk of Champions area prior to the A-Day Game and inside the stadium throughout the first half.

Volunteers collecting donations will be wearing green shirts with the message "Athletics & Academics Support UA Libraries" printed on them.

"By helping raise money for the Libraries we are helping the entire University," said Mal Moore, director of UA Intercollegiate Athletics.

"Our Libraries must remain in the forefront with new resources and services and 21st-century technology," said Terry Saban. "The University's libraries provide critical services and resources that our students need to excel academically. We want our libraries to be just as good and nationally recognized as our athletic programs."

"The money raised for the University Libraries on A-Day will be invested solely in what we know students need," said Louis A. Pitschmann, dean of UA Libraries. "Although the Libraries continue to invest heavily in books, we need to acquire more and also to provide students with the online databases they need to remain competitive academically. Students at the Capstone are using libraries more than ever before, more than 1.3 million times last year."

On A-Day, donations can also be made at the Bruno, McLure, Rodgers and Gorgas Libraries. Donations will be accepted in cash and check form. Donors who wish to give via credit card can go online to participate at www.lib.ua.edu , then must click on the "Make a Gift" link.

For more information, contact Cheryl Altemara at 205-348-1416 or caltemar@ua.edu.

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