July 21, 2017
BECOMING AN AUBURN MAN
To live a life that embodies the values of an Auburn Man or an Auburn Woman is multi-faceted. However, one attribute that is foundational to our larger purpose is an unselfish willingness to serve the greater good.
Having witnessed life-changing examples of what Gus Malzahn and members of our football team did this summer, I thought you would enjoy reading some first-hand testimonials that define who they are as a people.
I believe you will be moved emotionally by the spiritual growth of these young men. I know I was.
'WATER AND LIGHT' - AUBURN FOOTBALL PLAYERS PREPARE WATER FILTERS AND SOLAR LIGHT FOR DOMINICAN COMMUNITIES
In May, Auburn football players, Coach Gus Malzahn and members of the FCA staff spent the beginning of their summer break in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. A trip led by team chaplain Chette Williams, the team had many opportunities to interact directly with the communities. One of the more impactful stops on the itinerary were the days spent building, preparing and distributing clean water filters and solar light packets.
'THEY CALLED ME JOHN CENA' CHANDLER COX BECOMES BIG KID IN DOMINICAN
"I walked into the classroom and everyone started yelling, "John Cena!"
From the minute Chandler Cox arrived in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, he felt his inner kid emerge. During the week-long trip, there was rarely a moment Cox wasn't completely surrounded by young faces. It could have been because of mistaken identity with the famous American wrestler, or it could have been the obvious instant connection he had with the joyous children of the Dominican.
'IT CHANGED MY LIFE' - PLAYERS REFLECT ON THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IMPACT
Each of the fourteen Auburn football players who embarked on the mission trip to the Dominican had different reasons for going - different hopes for the experience. But personal growth was the one common thread.
I could not be more proud of our student-athletes. At a time when our society is in desperate need of young leaders, stories like these give me great comfort that our future will exceed the best days of our past.
God Bless and War Eagle!
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