Red Wolves take time to show appreciation to local businesses

JONESBORO (8/20/09) - With their fall camp in full swing and season opener just 16 days away, members of the Arkansas State football team and head coach Steve Roberts took some time away from the meeting rooms and practice fields Thursday morning to visit local businesses and thank them for their support of the Red Wolves.

A number of the players and coach Roberts divided up into groups early Thursday morning and left the ASU Football Complex with not only orange juice, doughnuts and gift bags in hand, but also looking forward to the opportunity to show their appreciation for all the ways area businesses have backed the program.

Visibility in the community and community service projects remain a priority for the Red Wolves, who have made this morning's events, sponsored by Hays and Turner Dairies, one of their many annual ways to give back to the surrounding area.

"This promotion is a small way to give back to the community for their loyal support of the Red Wolves throughout the year," said ASU Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions Gleen Hart. "This was a great way to jump start everyone's morning and to continue generating excitement about the 2009 football season."

Different businesses are selected each year, and those chosen to visit Thursday were East Arkansas Broadcasters, Liberty Bank, Regions Bank, Simmons Bank, Farm Bureau, Southern Home Health Care, Wells Fargo, Dental Solutions, Barton's, Higginbotham Family Dental, Pepsi, Stephens Inc., St. Bernards, Clopton Clinic, Blue Cross Blue Shield, HealthSouth, Central Chevrolet and the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce.

Coach Roberts, senior quarterback Corey Leonard and senior defensive end Alex Carrington also made guest appearances on EAB's KFIN (107.9 FM) and KIYS (101.9 FM) morning radio shows as part of the Red Wolves stops at the area businesses.