Red Wolf Club honors Swifton couple with Spirit Award

From Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State Red Wolf Club held its annual awards reception Saturday at the Convocation Center, honoring several members that have made outstanding contributions to the club. The award winners were also recognized during the men's basketball game against UALR.

In addition to three Spirit Awards for enthusiasm, spirit and passion for A-State Athletics, the Red Wolf Club also presented a Distinguished Service Award for long-standing support, loyalty and dedicated service.

This year's Spirit Award winners were James and Joan Tinsley of Swifton, Gene Vance of Jonesboro and Jimmy Alexander of Jonesboro.

The winners of the Distinguished Service Award were Scott and Kay Dawson of Germantown, Tenn. The Dawson's made a $250,000 donation to ASU Athletics in 2009, which still matches the second largest gift in the department's history. The donation was used to improve the academic environment for all Arkansas State University student-athletes. A portion of the funds were used to enhance the Charles Luter Family Academic Success Center, which now includes an academic resource center know as "Dawson's Den."

"The annual reception is designed to recognize and honor all of our outstanding supporters," said Director of the Red Wolf Club Doug Doggett. "This year's award winners truly exemplify spirit and service and help advance all our programs at Arkansas State.  We could not be successful without them."

For more than 50 years the Red Wolf Club has been the development arm of ASU Athletics, and its goals are to provide educational opportunities to student-athletes, improve athletic facilities and enhance donor's experiences. For more information on the Red Wolf Club, call 870-972-2401 or visit online.