The Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club will retain its Razorback flavor in its second fall, but has added some national perspective with former coaches R.C. Slocum, John Cooper and Phil Fulmer.
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long kicks off the lineup of speakers on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The meetings are set for the Springdale Holiday Inn Convention Center. Chuck Barrett, Voice of the Razorbacks, will emcee all meetings. Bo Mattingly, host of statewide radio show Sports Talk with Bo, will provide commentary.
The open date in the Arkansas football schedule will allow for a club meeting Oct. 12 with Arkansas assistant coaches. Former NFL star Kenoy Kennedy, one of the all-time great safeties with the Hogs, is set for Oct. 5.
"We are extremely excited that we could stretch out to a national list of speakers," said Carter Clark, board member with the NWA TD Club. "In our first year, we kept things mostly within the Razorback family and that was popular. But many of our club members asked if we could also get a sprinkle of national football speakers.
"We tried to find speakers who matched with what our schedules have been both in the SEC and in some of our nonconference games. With Tennessee coming back on our schedule, we thought Phil Fulmer could give us a good look at that game. R.C. Slocum is a legend at Texas A&M. And with all that's happened at Ohio State and his history of playing Arkansas, John Cooper was a good fit, too."
Clark announced that Fayetteville Auto Park returns as the club's title sponsor. NWA Media and ARPreps.com, along with Hawgs Illustrated, are the media sponsors.
Like last year, high school players of the week will be honored at each meeting. Area high school coaches will also speak. A prep player of the year, as selected by ARPreps.com, will be honored at season's end.
Clark said the club was able to donate to several local charities last year, along with the Razorback Foundation. It expects to do the same this year, along with spending more for national speakers.
"We were much more aggressive with our budget this year and our speaker lineup shows that," he said. "But we want to also continue to give back in our community."
Lunch will be served beginning at 11 a.m. for those who want to come early. The program will run from noon to 1 p.m.
Memberships cost $50. The lunch buffet will cost each member $15 per event paid at the door. Non-members will be charged $25 per event paid at the door. Membership with lunches pre-paid is $155.
To contact the club, email email@example.com. To send membership dues or pre-pay for meals, send to P.O. Box 10811, Fayetteville, AR, 72703. The club phone is 479-409-44326. To look at the complete list of speakers and dates for the seven meetings, go to NWATDclub.com.
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