Razorbacks Family Expects Record Crowd In Spring

FAYETTEVILLE -- If everything goes as planned, a record crowd will show up for the annual Arkansas Red-White spring football game in Reynolds Razorback Stadium on April 16.

Razorbacks coach Houston Nutt and UA athletic director Frank Broyles believe it will happen.

Both were guest speakers Thursday at a news conference in the Broyles Athletic Center to announce details of the game and a 7-on-7 celebrity game, featuring former Razorbacks football players as part of RazorFest III, a youth-friendly event.

"Any time you can help a young man, a young person's life, it's very important," Nutt said. "I'm excited about that, and I got really excited when I learned in 1971, coach Broyles had 35,000 come to the spring game.

"I'd like to break that record."

Rick Schaeffer, the director of development for Champions For Kids, an organization centered on helping abandoned, abused and/or neglected children in Northwest Arkansas, wants the same thing.

Champions For Kids benefits the most.

And playing in Razorback Stadium should guarantee record numbers.

"We thought we could have upwards of 30,000," Schaeffer said. "And if you can have 30, why not go after the record of 35?

"To my knowledge it's the first charity event ever played in Razorback Stadium. We're working for one great day for kids. We want kids to have the time of their lives."

Among the former Razorbacks in attendance at the news conference were Marcus Campbell, Anthony Hicks, Spencer Brown and Ken Anderson.

This third-annual RazorFest event was played in Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium in Springdale the past two years in October.

In its inaugural year, the game drew 2,500. Last year, attendance swelled to 6,000.

This upcoming event, described as a "Disney Experience" with inflatables and quarterback and cheerleader clinics, among other things, already has UA athletic officials motivated.

"We'll get out and really talk about our spring football game a lot," Nutt said. "Also, the tie-in with Champions for Kids ... we're very excited about it."

Broyles, too, was very happy to participate.

"Some things in life, and we have all experienced them, are special," Broyles said. "They make a difference in our life and we look forward to it. They have a meaning that sticks with us and we feel like it is important.

"Virtually every time that's happened to me, and I feel like it's happened to you, is when people get together and they get together for a purpose. They get together and together they work toward giving. We learn early in life that life is in the giving, not the taking.

"That takers lose and givers win. That's what we learn here in this event. We're bringing a lot of people together for a mission.

"The mission is what brings us together and takes us from something in our minds to our hearts and that is a mission is to help young kids who are having a difficult time. Whenever I get a letter for a contribution and it has to do with helping kids.

"There is no way I can turn it down."

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