April 15, 2008
AUBURN -- Auburn University recently hosted members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County as part of the 17th annual National Student-Athlete Day.
Auburn student-athletes welcomed the Boys & Girls Clubs members to the Athletics Department Complex, where they played games, shared a meal and talked about sportsmanship.
"We had about as many athletes as we did kids, so it allowed the kids to have one-on-one time with the athletes," Summer Ragsdale, chairman of Auburn's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) said.
"Throughout the afternoon, we played games with the kids, ate in Sewell Hall with them and spoke to them about different aspects of being a student-athlete."
Ragsdale talked about Auburn Pride, the student-athlete led sportsmanship program.
"Each kid was given a bracelet, and we talked to them about the different points in the Auburn Pride logo," Ragsdale said. "I think it was a great first step in getting our sportsmanship message out into the community. The kids and the student-athletes had a great time, and thanks to everyone's help, we had a very successful student-athlete day."
Auburn Pride is a comprehensive sportsmanship program that was launched in the fall of 2007. A sportsmanship code written by student-athletes is now read prior to every Auburn athletic event.