JONESBORO (7/27/11) – A-State Athletics and the 2011 Paint the Town Red campaign were the focal points of this month's Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce Power Breakfast event, which featured Arkansas State Director of Athletics Dr. Dean Lee, Head Football?Coach Hugh Freeze and Director of the Red Wolf Club Doug Doggett as guest speakers.
The Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce annually uses one of the Power Breakfast gatherings to focus on ASU Athletics, which allowed Lee, Freeze and Doggett to express their appreciation for the communities support for the Red Wolves. A very well-attended event on a yearly basis, a large crowd gathered at 6:45 a.m. at the Holiday Inn for this morning's Power Breakfast that was sponsored by Andy's Frozen Custard.
"We hold a Power Breakfast every other month, but our July event is the most attended because it is our ASU?Athletics Power Breakfast," said Cari White, Executive Vice President and COO for the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce. "I want to thank Andy's, our sponsor for today's event. They have been a great partner with us and will be for Paint the Town Red week as well. Everyone here was glad to hear from all our speakers, and this is just a great way to kickoff the new season and to get everyone excited about buying their football tickets."
"This is another excellent way for us to interact with the community, and we are thankful to the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce for inviting us to take part in this tremendous event," said Lee. "Not only do we appreciate the outstanding support from the community and surrounding businesses, but it is also highly noticed and envious among our peers."
A breakfast buffet was served for those in attendance and Beverly Nix, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce, spoke before welcoming Doggett. Doggett introduced members of the ASU Athletic Department administration and coaching staff and then shared information about the Red Wolf Club and Paint the Town the Red.
The Red Wolf Club is the primary development arm of Arkansas State Athletics. For more than 50 years the club has provided educational opportunities to student-athletes, improved athletic facilities and enhanced donor experiences at athletic events. The Red Wolf Club can be contacted at 870-972-2401, or more information about the club can be found online at TheRedWolfClub.com.
The Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its 15th Annual Paint the Town Red Sept. 6-10 to celebrate the first A-State home football game. As part of the event, local businesses are asked to take decorate the interior and/or exterior of their businesses to show pride and support for ASU.
Categories for the decorating contest will include an Exterior, Interior and First Timers award, and a Spirit Award will be given to the business that best demonstrates its Red Wolves spirit through cheers, live outdoor scenes and other creative displays during judging. A traveling trophy will be awarded for the best window display by downtown merchants. Judging will be held Sept. 7, and all winners will be recognized at the Big Great A-State Tailgate held Sept. 9 in downtown Jonesboro.
Paint the Town Red week will begin with a balloon launch with Howl, the ASU?cheerleaders, the A-Team and coach Freeze on Sept. 6 at 10:00 a.m. at the Brookland Elementary school.
"Paint the Town Red has been a great event in our community for 15 years," said White. "It's what we do to kickoff the football season with the first home game, and this year its going to be even better because we're playing the Memphis Tigers and they have always been a big rivalry for us. The products that we've got such as the t-shirts and yard signs for this year makes it easy for everyone to decorate. We want all the businesses to wear their red on Friday (Sept. 9) and then come down to the tailgate."
"The effort that our local businesses pour into Paint the Town Red week makes it a wonderful event, and it certainly doesn't go unnoticed by our athletic staff, coaches and student-athletes," said Lee. "This is just one of many examples of how the community has embraced our athletic programs, and I think it shows the great pride so many share in Arkansas State University."
Dr. Lee discussed some of the Red Wolves' recent athletic and academic accomplishments when addressing the crowd. ASU finished third in the Sun Belt Conference's all-sports award known as the Bubas Cup for its best results in over a decade.
Academically, ASU set a school-record for members on its Athletic Director's Honor Roll last year. The Red Wolves' also had 10 teams that posted a combined GPA of over 3.0 last year and one in eight student-athletes carried a 4.0 GPA.
Freeze took the opportunity to address different aspects of the Red Wolves' football team, but also joined Lee and Doggett in thanking the community for standing behind A-State Athletics.
ASU will open its 2011 fall camp Aug. 4 with a 9:30 a.m. practice before holding its annual media day later that afternoon. The Red Wolves will begin their season at Illinois on Sept. 3 and play their home opener a week later against Memphis.
Season tickets for the Red Wolves' 2011 campaign, which includes six home games, are on sale and can be ordered by contacting the ASU Box Office at 870-972-ASU1 or 1-888-ASU-FANS or by visiting AStateRedWolves.com. For more information, contact the ASU Marketing Department at 870-972-3880.