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Simpson to be recognized in “A” Walk of Honor


Press Release University of Arkansas: 

Marie Simpson, a longtimesupporter of Razorback Athletics, will participate in the "A" Walk of Honor onSaturday prior to Arkansas' football game against Southern Mississippi atDonald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

For more than three decades, Simpson's generosity has significantly enhancedopportunities for student-athletes at the University of Arkansas. She hasendowed three scholarships for female student-athletes including the MarieSimpson Endowed Volleyball Scholarship. At the time, the scholarship was onlythe second designated for a women's sport at the University of Arkansas. Sincethat time, Simpson has endowed two additional scholarships for Razorback femalestudent-athletes.

Simpson recently made a gift to the Student-Athlete Success Center which willserve more than 460 Razorback student-athletes. As the new home to the BogleAcademic Center, the Student-Athlete Success Center will help facilitate theacademic, nutritional, personal and professional development of Razorbackstudent-athletes by creating an integrated academic support program focused onthe graduation of all student-athletes at the University of Arkansas.

"Through the years, Marie Simpson has helped provide opportunities for thedevelopment of Razorback student-athletes," Vice Chancellor and Director ofAthletics Jeff Long said. "In particular, her early support of femalestudent-athletes was instrumental in the growth of a number of our women'ssport programs. And now as we prepare for moving forward with theStudent-Athlete Success Center, Marie is once again at the forefront with hersupport of the young men and women competing for the University of Arkansas. Weare grateful for her continued support and look forward to recognizing her thisweekend for all she has done to make a difference in the lives of Razorbackstudent-athletes."

"Running through the A" is one of the Razorbacks' most storied footballtraditions. While "Running through the A" is a tradition reserved only formembers of the Razorback football team, Razorback Athletics created a programin 2010 to honor those individuals or groups who have played a significant rolein the support of Razorback Athletics.

Honorees are invited to participate in this unique pre-game experience and arerecognized on the video board and over the public address system as they walkthrough the "A" formed by the Razorback Marching Band. After completing thewalk, honorees help complete the "A" before welcoming the Arkansas Razorbackfootball team on the field just prior to kickoff. Honorees will also beinducted into the "A" Walk of Honor Hall of Fame.

Previous honorees have included members of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation,former Arkansas coach and athletic director Frank Broyles, the Willard and PatWalker family, Jim Lindsey, Bob and Marilyn Bogle, Boyce Billingsley and StacyLewis.

Tickets for Saturday's game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium are stillavailable online at ArkansasRazorbacks.com or by contacting the RazorbackTicket Office at 1-800-982-HOGS (4647). Tickets begin at $45. Kickoff for thegame is set for 11:21 a.m.

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