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Sports n Outdoor - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper. - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper. http://druidcityliving.com Sun, 19 Aug 2018 22:35:46 -0500 MYOB en-gb UA Athletics Unveils "The Crimson Standard," and Major Renovations are Planned to Athletic Facilities http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2510-ua-athletics-unveils-the-crimson-standard-and-major-renovations-are-planned-to-coleman-coliseum-and-bryant-denny-stadium http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2510-ua-athletics-unveils-the-crimson-standard-and-major-renovations-are-planned-to-coleman-coliseum-and-bryant-denny-stadium Alabama Coach Nick Saban and his wife Ms. Terry donated $1 million to The Crimson Standard.

The Alabama Department of Athletics announced on Thursday, Aug. 16, its 10-year, $600 million capital initiative, The Crimson Standard, which is designed to comprehensively elevate the student-athlete experience, recruiting efforts and the overall game-day experience for all Crimson Tide fans. The initiative includes major renovations to Bryant-Denny Stadium, Coleman Coliseum, and several other athletic facilities.

"We spent the last year and a half looking at our history and analyzing where we are currently to help create a vision for the future that enhances Alabama Athletics to improve the student-athlete and the fan experience," Director of Athletics Greg Byrne said. "That vision is what led us to The Crimson Standard: A Capital Initiative for Alabama Athletics. We have a mission to build and maintain a program that achieves academic success and wins championships in all sports by educating and developing the best student-athletes and by supporting and retaining outstanding coaches.

"Our core values also begin with a commitment to the total support of the educational, athletic and personal development of all student-athletes. We have been on the forefront in investing in student-athlete development, academically, in life skills, career development, mental health, safety, nutrition and many other areas. That being said, evolution of facilities is critical as we continue to move our program forward to support the levels we expect them to perform at and compete for championships.

"This was a process that involved our student-athletes, our letter-winners, our coaches, staff, University leadership and our fans. It is a 10-year, $600 million plan, which we have broken down into three phases, and while you will only see a few areas highlighted in the video, understand The Crimson Standard is a comprehensive initiative that will positively impact nearly all of our teams and venues."

To date, nearly $143 million has been committed to The Crimson Standard, $1 million of which was gifted by Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban and his wife, Ms. Terry, at Thursday's press conference.

"To reinvest in the players and the programs here to make Alabama's athletic programs continue to be great in the future is a sacrifice we all need to make," said Saban. "We all want to have success. We can't get complacent about what we've been able to accomplish in the past. We have to look forward to what we need to do in the future. We're very excited about this Crimson initiative for the future, and on behalf of all the players, all the coaches, all the great relationships that we've been able to develop here at The University of Alabama over the last 11 years, Terry and I would like to support this initiative and donate a $1 million gift to The Crimson Standard and the future of Alabama Athletics, and in doing that, thank everyone for their support that they've given us."

Included in Phase 1 are several enhancements to Bryant-Denny Stadium with the renovation and expansion of multiple seating areas. In addition, renovations will be made to the lobby and football locker room at the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility and a new Sports Science Center will be added. Rhoads Stadium and the Jerry Pate Golf Complex are also expected to be upgraded as part of the first phase.

"Today, in addition to remembering the history that we have, we also focus on the future," said Alabama President Dr. Stuart Bell. "We focus on looking forward. We focus on taking that step to move forward with a sharp vision that really does set The Crimson Standard as that future bar that we are looking for, and it will define how fans experience, how they participate and how they become a part of Alabama Athletics. This plan is all Alabama. It is second to none, and you've already heard that from our AD , and our Coach, and again, we know a lot of people emulate what we do here at The University of Alabama, and certainly we are going to set the bar to move away from our other competitors."

Another key component of Thursday's reveal included the renovation of Coleman Coliseum, which is part of the Phase 2 plan. The renovation will maintain the historic look, however it will be completely modernized with a brand new interior and a variety of seating options. New women's basketball and gymnastics team locker rooms will be built on the south side of the arena along with new men's and women's basketball offices.

"Greg has a great vision," said Alabama Head Men's Basketball Coach Avery Johnson. "He has great leadership. Obviously this is subject to Board approval and Dr. Bell, but we feel we have a really good model in place to get us in the end zone and make this a reality. I'm fired up about it. I'm fired up about what it's (Coleman Coliseum) going to look like, what it's going to do for recruiting, what it's going to do for fan experience."

"We're excited," said Alabama Head Women's Basketball Coach Kristy Curry. "When you look at who we are recruiting against, when you look at the fan experiences, when you look at the student experiences, I've had a chance to be in three difference leagues – the Big Ten, the Big 12 and now the SEC. This is what we need, and as we move into the future, to compete in all those areas we've got to have this. We're pretty fired up. We're really thankful to be a part of it, and the move back to Coleman."

For more information and premium seating options, visit CrimsonTideFoundation.org.

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contact@druidcitymedia.com (Super User) Sports n Outdoor Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:17:59 -0500
Alabama Football’s Open Practice and Fan Day Set for Saturday http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2475-alabama-football-s-open-practice-and-fan-day-set-for-saturday http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2475-alabama-football-s-open-practice-and-fan-day-set-for-saturday Alabama Football’s Open Practice and Fan Day Set for Saturday

The University of Alabama football team's annual Fan Day is set for this Saturday, Aug. 4. The Crimson Tide will hold an open practice in Bryant-Denny Stadium from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Players and coaches will be available for autographs following practice on the field beginning at approximately 4:45 p.m.

At 1 p.m., the first 150 fans in line at Gate 25 will receive numbered color-coded wristbands for early entrance to the post-practice autograph session. Fans receiving wristbands will need to report to Gate 25 (South field entrance) at 4 p.m. to begin lining up for the autograph session.

Fans may enter the stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m. through gates 9 and 19 and occupy the west side lower bowl (sections A-N). The open practice, which is slated to start at 2:30 p.m., is scheduled to last approximately two hours. For security purposes, all items are subject to inspection as fans enter the stadium for both the practice and Fan Day activities.

Following practice, the Crimson Tide football team, coaching staff and head coach Nick Saban will be available for autographs on the field for approximately 45 minutes. The gate to the field will be open once the autograph session has been set up. In an effort to facilitate as many autographs in the time allowed, fans will be limited to one item per person for autographs, and no posed photographs will be permitted.

Concessions vendors will be walking through the stadium with items for sale and the concession stands on the west side (field and mezzanine levels) will be open. Alabama merchandise will also be sold on Saturday and 3,000 autograph posters will be given away.

Parking for Fan Day can be found in the west ten Hoor area of campus. There are two parking decks as well as surface lots that are available for your convenience. Parking for persons with disabilities is available on a first come, first served basis in the Communications Lot and Wallace Wade Lots. No special accommodations will be made for recreational vehicles (RVs) on campus. All RVs should park at the Northington Lot near University Mall. Fans can go to RollTide.com for updates and other pertinent information.

In case of inclement weather, the Fan Day portion of the afternoon would be moved to the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility. Any weather-related changes will be shared through the official Alabama Athletics and Alabama Football social media accounts.

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contact@druidcitymedia.com (Super User) Sports n Outdoor Wed, 01 Aug 2018 13:15:02 -0500
Hottest Ride in the South Returns: Hot Hundred Features a New, Smoother Route http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2451-hottest-ride-in-the-south-returns-hot-hundred-features-a-new-smoother-route http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2451-hottest-ride-in-the-south-returns-hot-hundred-features-a-new-smoother-route Wounded Warriors participate in the Hot Hundred every year.

Discussion around mental health has taken to the national stage in recent weeks, and the Tuscaloosa Mental Health Alliance says one in four Alabama residents are affected by mental illness. That’s why the local cycling enthusiasts of the Druid City Bicycle Club come together every year to host the Hot Hundred Bike Ride.

The Tuscaloosa Mental Health Alliance seeks to give members of the Tuscaloosa community more mental health support and access to better quality care. The Hot Hundred plays a major role to that end, according to Tuscaloosa Mental Health Alliance President Joseph Abrams.

“The Hot Hundred is critical to the TMHA’s mission of providing awareness and advocacy for mental-related issues within our community,” Abrams said. “With funds raised, the Alliance reinvests back into the community, where we hold annual conferences, provide monetary grants, and create awareness pieces.”

This year’s Hot Hundred routes have been redesigned to produce smoother rides and improve the event for people of all experience levels. There will be several routes for the ride and participants can opt for several preferred rides in terms of distance. Before race day on Saturday, July 28, participants are encouraged to evaluate and choose from the Sanders Ferry 30, Fosters 40, Fire Station 50, Chick-fil-a 70, and Hot Hundred routes. 

All routes begin at the University of Alabama’s Outdoor Pool Complex and are clearly marked with easily seen signs. Safe designated rest stops will be available to riders at predetermined intervals of every route. Midway through the longest rides, the Hot Hundred riders will be provided with a meal donated by Northport Chick-fil-a.

Members of Druid City Bike Club volunteer to work one of many rest stops provided for the Hot Hundred riders.

Safety is a top concern for organizers who have put plans in place to protect riders. Participants can find resources on the event’s website to brush up on their group biking etiquette and the proper safety signals to use. As long as participants follow these guidelines and stay alert, organizers say, the event will be safe and enjoyable for everyone involved.

After completing their ride, participants are welcomed back to the UA Outdoor Pool Complex for a pool party with dinner, swag bags, and finishing medals for those who complete the ride. Guests of Hot Hundred riders can attend the festivities for $5. 

Packet pick-up begins on Friday, July 27, during the pre-ride party at Black Warrior Brewing. In addition to a chance to mingle with other participants, guests will be treated to a spaghetti dinner and a free beer. Participants can also pick up their materials on the day of the race.

Through donations from sponsors, the Hot Hundred annually hosts Wounded Warriors from Ft. Benning, Ft. Gordon, and Ft. Stewart. Not only do they ride for free, but they also stay at Hampton Inn both Friday and Saturday night at no cost.

To learn more about the Hot Hundred or to sign up to ride, visit bikehothundred.com.

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Sports n Outdoor Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500
UA Enhances Security Measures at Bryant-Denny with Addition of Metal Detectors this Fall http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2444-ua-enhances-security-measures-at-bryant-denny-with-addition-of-metal-detectors-this-fall http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2444-ua-enhances-security-measures-at-bryant-denny-with-addition-of-metal-detectors-this-fall UA Enhances Security Measures at Bryant-Denny with Addition of Metal Detectors this Fall

In the interest of continued safety for fans, student-athletes, coaches and game day personnel, The University of Alabama will implement walk-through metal detectors at all gates of Bryant-Denny Stadium on game days beginning in September.

UA Athletics Director Greg Byrne confirmed that the Board of Trustees approved implementing the metal detectors throughout the stadium. 

"It goes without saying that safety at our venues is of the utmost importance, and these security enhancements will help to ensure that our fans, student-athletes, coaches and personnel can enjoy their game-day experience in a safe environment," Byrne said.

The entry process will be similar to the one used during the successful test run that occurred at the final home football game of the 2017 season. Upon arrival, guests will be asked to remove any metal objects from pockets or clothing before going through the detectors. Those with prohibited items will have to dispose of them or return those items to their cars before entering the stadium. Individuals who are unable to pass through a metal detector due to special circumstances will be checked with a hand-held device.

"While this will require some additional time for entry into the stadium, understand that measures will be put in place to help the flow of traffic move as quickly as possible through the gates," Byrne added. "We will also be using more metal detectors than recommended to ensure the smoothest possible entry for our fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium."

These enhanced security measures, in addition to the University's clear bag policy, will be used to enforce existing rules for prohibited items, which include weapons, umbrellas, artificial noisemakers, flags/banners, strollers, computers and more.

Metal detectors are now mandatory at NFL and MLB stadiums and are in use at other college stadiums around the country. In addition, as a result of a recommendation from the Southeastern Conference's working group on event security, it was decided that metal detectors would be utilized at football stadiums across the league, and other events as determined on each campus, by fall of 2020.

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contact@druidcitymedia.com (Super User) Sports n Outdoor Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:20:17 -0500
Former Alabama Gymnast Aja Sims Joins Crimson Tide Coaching Staff http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2425-former-alabama-gymnast-aja-sims-joins-crimson-tide-coaching-staff http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2425-former-alabama-gymnast-aja-sims-joins-crimson-tide-coaching-staff Former Alabama Gymnast Aja Sims Joins Crimson Tide Coaching Staff

Head coach Dana Duckworth has announced the addition of All-American and NCAA regional champion Aja Sims to the Alabama gymnastics staff as a volunteer assistant coach.

"I am beyond thrilled that Aja has accepted the volunteer assistant coach position at The University of Alabama," Duckworth said. "She loves this University with all of her heart and she is an extraordinary example to our recruits and current team in regards to the standard of academic and athletic excellence our program is known for. She will be an amazing asset to our ladies not only because of her positive attitude but her infectious personality and passion to achieve competitive greatness that fits with everything we stand for at Alabama." 

Sims was a balance beam and floor exercise All-American during her collegiate career, helping lead the Crimson Tide to back-to-back Southeastern Conference titles and four-consecutive NCAA Super Six finishes. A four-year Scholastic All-American, she earned both President's (4.0 GPA) and Dean's (3.5 or better GPA) List honors throughout her career.

"I am so excited to be a part of the staff this year and have the opportunity to give back to a program that has given me so much," Sims said. "To be able to continue to be a part of Alabama Gymnastics' championship legacy is such an incredible honor. I love Tuscaloosa and having the opportunity to be a part of the Crimson Tide family every day."

The Orlando, Fla., native finished her career in 2017 and has gone on to work as a personal coach and trainer in gymnastics and dance. She also began a part-time career as a stuntwoman, working on the YouTube Red show "Step Up: High Water" as well as the movie "The Hate U Give."  A December 2017 Alabama graduate with a degree in exercise science, Sims has also coached at a number of camps across the country.

"As a gymnast, Aja's work ethic, determination and showmanship were her signature and paramount to her success," Duckworth said. "Since graduation her life experiences have only increased her skills and everyone in the Tuscaloosa community that has been coached by her since she graduated speaks volumes of her technical talent and ability to make a difference."

Sims joins a Duckworth staff that also includes assistant coaches Bill Lorenz, entering his fifth year at the Capstone, and Ryan Roberts, in his first season with Alabama. Duckworth, a three-time NCAA champion as an Alabama gymnast and part of three NCAA championships as a UA coach, is entering her fifth season at the Crimson Tide's helm and 24th as a part of the program.

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contact@druidcitymedia.com (Super User) Sports n Outdoor Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500
Miracle League of Tuscaloosa Ends Spring Season on a High Note http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2419-miracle-league-of-tuscaloosa-ends-spring-season-on-a-high-note http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2419-miracle-league-of-tuscaloosa-ends-spring-season-on-a-high-note Miracle League of Tuscaloosa Ends Spring Season on a High Note

The Miracle League of Tuscaloosa wrapped up its spring season on May 19 in a major way, with a slew of games, and a big celebration at The LeeAnna Grace Cunningham Field at Sokol Park North.

This season was particularly special for the organization, as the games were played on a newly resurfaced field. The eight-year-old rubber field the League uses for children and adults with special needs to play baseball was replaced earlier this year, thanks to generous community donations. The new surface was revealed on opening day, April 7. 

“Thanks to the generous outpouring of our community, our players were able to have a blast playing on the new field surface without having to worry about safety concerns,” said Kathryn Taylor, the marketing director for Miracle League of Tuscaloosa. 

The final game day of the spring season was a special treat for players. The Elk’s Lodge of Tuscaloosa (Elks 393) sponsored the day by providing food for the players. Treats for the players were also provided by Sno To Go. In addition, the players were able to enjoy a petting zoo from H&H Farms and face painting by Heather Payne. The joy of the day was captured by Terri Lane of Terri Lane Photography, who took over 1000 photos of the games and events free of charge. 

“I feel like this was one of the best spring seasons the Miracle League of Tuscaloosa has ever had,” Taylor said. “We are already looking forward to the fall season!”

Approximately 120 players and their families play ball with the Miracle League of Tuscaloosa. To learn more about the organization, visit miracleleagueoftuscaloosa.com. 

       

 

    

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contact@druidcitymedia.com (Super User) Sports n Outdoor Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500
Boating Safety and the Weather: Upcoming Class Seeks to Educate Area Boaters http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2393-boating-safety-and-the-weather-upcoming-class-seeks-to-educate-area-boaters http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2393-boating-safety-and-the-weather-upcoming-class-seeks-to-educate-area-boaters Boating Safety and the Weather: Upcoming Class Seeks to Educate Area Boaters

We have all heard the phrase, “If you don’t like the current weather, just wait awhile, it will change.” True, true! And it’s those changes that we need to pay attention to.

Not many years ago, weather forecasting was inaccurate, slow, and not very localized. No longer! With some exceptions, weather forecasting is very accurate, especially violent, bad weather conditions. Radio, TV, the internet, and our newspapers all have weather information vital to our enjoyment of boating. All we need to do is pay attention. If you have a marine radio, it has special channels for local weather that is very accurate, up-to-date, and localized for our area.

Let’s look at a possible weather scenario where we live.

It’s Monday, and you and some friends think it a great idea to go on a cruise next Saturday. Since the trip is recreational, there is no compelling reason to do it if the weather is bad. Here is a technique you might want to use.

Set up a series of times to make go-no-go decisions. On Monday, you look at the long-range weather forecast for the next weekend. You note that there is a warm front approaching from the west. Warm fronts mean cloudy, humid days with the possibility of rain. This one should hit our lake by Thursday. Then, we know that front will be followed by a cold front – just as sure as God makes little green apples. A cold front is often preceded by a very windy leading edge (called a roll cloud). You decide that the trip is still a go. On Wednesday, the warm front is still on its way and predicted to arrive on Thursday and depart by Saturday – it’s a fast one! So, the trip is still a go. On Thursday, the warm front arrives, and the forecast is still for it to depart on Saturday. You can still give this a go signal, but tomorrow will tell the tale. Friday evening, the warm front is about through, and the forecast is for the cold front to arrive on Saturday. Go or no-go? It’s iffy, but it looks like a go. It’s the usual cold front’s wind that is the question. You awake Saturday morning to a beautiful clear day – with winds approaching 30 MPH. Being prudent and not self-destructive, you declare a no-go; but Sunday looks perfect, so you simply delay your cruise one day.

Making go-no-go decisions also helps us once we are on the water. Often, we have a perfect day but with the threat of wide spread thunderstorms. You do NOT want to be on the water in one of those things. If you see one coming – you can hear the thunder and see dark clouds approaching, usually out of the south or west – make a beeline for shore. Any shore. If you can’t get back to your dock, just pull ashore anyplace and wait out the storm. Thunderstorms are usually quick. If you are caught in your boat, put on your life jacket, and stay low in the boat. Put out the anchor or, using power, head into the wind and waves at a 45-degree angle.

Learn more about weather and other boating topics by attending Coast Guard Auxiliary boating safety classes. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 8 5 in Tuscaloosa is conducting a boating safety Class, About Boating Safely, on June 23 at the Tuscaloosa County Annex Auditorium (2501 7th Street) in Tuscaloosa. The class starts at 8:30 a.m. Successful completion of this course fulfills all requirements to obtain an Alabama Boaters License and may entitle you to discounts on your boat’s insurance premium.

For more information, or to register for the class, please call Lyn Spencer at (205)-394-7808 or e-mail lspencer44@comcast.net.

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Sports n Outdoor Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500
NorthRiver Yacht Club to Host the 2018 WSGA Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2377-northriver-yacht-club-to-host-the-2018-wsga-amateur-and-mid-amateur-championships http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2377-northriver-yacht-club-to-host-the-2018-wsga-amateur-and-mid-amateur-championships Finalizing meals for the upcoming WSGA Championship at NorthRiver during a meeting on May 4 are (clockwise) Club Host Chair Katherine Moore, Tournament Chair and WSGA Board Secretary Susan West, NorthRiver Director of Food and Beverage Kristin Rastall, NorthRiver Director of Catering Hannah Thomas, NorthRiver Chef Scott French, and NorthRiver Assistant General Manager Zeke Larson.

Talented female golfers from 15 southern states are taking over the greens at Tuscaloosa’s NorthRiver Yacht Club June 4-8. NorthRiver is hosting the 2018 Women’s Southern Golf Association amateur and mid-amateur tournaments. The event is free and open to the public. 

“WSGA is thrilled to be at a championship venue like NorthRiver for our prestigious Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships,” said Janie Carpenter, WSGA Board President. “We take great pride in our tournaments and look forward to being in Tuscaloosa.” 

Steeped in tradition, the WSGA has held its amateur tournament for over 100 years, with many  

participants and winners going on to play in the LPGA. Notable past participants include Dori Carter, Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, and Louise Scruggs. 

Each tournament will host 48 players who will travel with their families from all over the south to participate. WSGA Board members estimate the tournaments will bring almost $400,000 in revenue to the community.

“The hospitality of our town was so good that the WSGA was thrilled when NorthRiver stepped up to host this year's championships,” said Susan West, Secretary of the WSGA Board of Directors and Championship participant. 

Registration and practice rounds for the championships are June 3, with qualifying on June 4. Match play gets underway on June 5, and the finals are scheduled for June 8. The featured social event is the Players Dinner in NorthRiver’s dining room overlooking the picturesque 18th hole.

This has been quite the year for Alabama women in golf. The USGA Women’s Open Championship was held at Shoal Creek in Birmingham in the days leading up to the WSGA tournaments. The Women’s Open offered a great opportunity for more experienced competitors and a potential learning experience for amateurs who chose to watch.

The WSGA also offers opportunities for young women golfers. Last year’s WSGA scholarship winner, Molly Ann Norris of Winfield, now attends Birmingham Southern College. Each year, the WSGA awards a four-year scholarship to a graduating senior who not only has an interest in golf, but who also excels academically. 

Supporting young women in the game of golf, either through hosting tournaments or providing scholarships, is all a part of the mission of WSGA. For decades, volunteers have continued these traditions with same ultimate goal.

“There is a lot of work, both beforehand and behind-the-scenes and up-front during tournament week, that goes into planning one of these championships, and the committee has been working on this for over nine months,” West said. “We are grateful for our local volunteers and the membership at NorthRiver for being so helpful.” 

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Sports n Outdoor Sun, 03 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500
Alabama and Texas Announce Home-and-Home Series http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2355-alabama-and-texas-announce-home-and-home-series http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2355-alabama-and-texas-announce-home-and-home-series Alabama and Texas Announce Home-and-Home Series

Alabama and Texas have announced a home-and-home series between the Crimson Tide and Longhorns for 2022 and 2023.

“We’re thrilled to be able to add another incredible non-conference opponent with the University of Texas for a home-and-home series,” said Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne. “It’s been nearly 100 years since Alabama has visited Austin and over a century since the Longhorns have traveled to Tuscaloosa, so we’re looking forward to it. This will certainly be a great opportunity for our program and our fans.”

The first meeting will take place in Austin, on Sept. 10, 2022, with Texas returning the trip to Tuscaloosa on Sept. 9, 2023.

The 2022 matchup will be the be the 10th meeting between two of college football’s most storied programs and the first since the Crimson Tide defeated the Longhorns, 37-21, in the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, Calif., at the conclusion of the 2009 season.

“We are pleased and happy to be able to add an opponent the caliber of the University of Texas to our non-conference schedule,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “The Crimson Tide and Longhorns have played a lot of memorable games over the years and the addition of this home-and-home series will be great for not only our fans, but fans of college football.”

Texas holds a 7-1-1 edge in the series with six meetings coming in bowl games. The teams first met in Tuscaloosa during the 1902 season followed by trips to Austin for the Crimson Tide in 1915 and 1922. The bowl game meetings including the 1948 Sugar Bowl, the 1960 Bluebonnet Bowl, the 1965 Orange Bowl and the 1973 and 1982 Cotton Bowls, along with the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.

Alabama is scheduled to open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 in Orlando, Fla., against Louisville. The Crimson Tide will then face Duke in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2019 and Miami (Fla.) in the 2021 game in Atlanta.

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contact@druidcitymedia.com (Super User) Sports n Outdoor Wed, 16 May 2018 15:26:27 -0500
On the Green: Legacy Golf Challenge Supports Tuscaloosa Youth For Christ http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2339-on-the-green-legacy-golf-challenge-supports-tuscaloosa-youth-for-christ http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2339-on-the-green-legacy-golf-challenge-supports-tuscaloosa-youth-for-christ Druid City Living is the proud sponsor of the Legacy Golf Tournament Awards Presentation.

Tuscaloosa golfers – professionals and novices alike – are gearing up once again to support the mission of Tuscaloosa Youth for Christ. The group’s annual Legacy Golf Challenge will begin at noon on May 10 at the NorthRiver Yacht Club. 

“YFC is truly a special organization that is literally changing lives in our community and growing the kingdom of God with every relationship formed,” said David Ikard, a member of the YFC Board of Directors. “I’m honored and humbled to play a very small role in YFC.”

The Legacy Challenge tournament financially supports YFC’s mission through their year-round programs. Overall, YFC volunteers are able to reach over 2,200 middle and high schoolers in Tuscaloosa programs by meeting the students in their daily lives. 

Campus Life, the main program, sends volunteers to local schools to bond with students and help provide a positive influence. Volunteers are present in 16 schools in Tuscaloosa County, visiting during lunch, attending athletic events, and holding group events.

YFC’s Parent Life program helps local women with the trials of motherhood at a young age. The goal is to provide encouragement, helping the women balance school with being a parent – which greatly increases the chance they will graduate.

“Our club leaders go into the schools, meet these kids where they are in life, and let them know they are loved,” Ikard said. “Many of the kids YFC reaches have less-than-ideal home lives and are desperate for love, acceptance, and fruitful relationships. It’s through the relationships that our club leaders and staff are able to form with the kids that allows them to hear the Gospel and hopefully come to trust Christ in their daily lives.”

Funds from the Legacy Golf Challenge will support the launch of YFC’s newest program – the Juvenile Justice Ministry. This new initiative allows YFC volunteers to bring their influence to incarcerated teens through relationships they build.

As for who can participate in the upcoming tournament, organizers say anyone from the community with an interest in golf should find some golfing partners and come support the cause. The tournament uses a four-ball scramble format, giving even the most inexperienced golfer a fair shot. 

Tuscaloosa YFC Executive Director Mike Green says this year’s goal of $75,000 would set an all-time record for the fundraiser. And what is the key to this tournament’s success? 

“We have about a dozen teams that play every year and whose financial investment has grown as well,” Green said. “I think that is the case because we do a great job of hosting our golfers at NorthRiver and explaining to them how their investment is changing the lives of teenagers.”

Ikard agrees, adding that it’s about the experience of helping that makes this event so special. 

“To know I can play golf while simultaneously helping change kids' lives; that's a pretty rewarding round of golf, irrespective of my final score,” he said.

To learn more, or to sign up to play, contact Mike Green at mike@tuscaloosayfc.com. Become a sponsor at grouprev.com/YFCLegacyChallenge. 

 

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