Community Rallies to Support Tech Basketball

Members of the Arkansas River Valley rallied to support the Wonder Boys and Golden Suns in their efforts to host both the men’s and women’s NCAA Division II Tournament South Regional.

Community members volunteered their time in a variety of roles including hosting teams, selling Arkansas Tech flags and donating items for gift baskets.

“Many members of our community graciously supported the Golden Suns, Wonder Boys and Arkansas Tech in this endeavor,” added Julie Morgan, assistant to the president.  “Their support and assistance truly helped make this tournament a positive and memorable experience for the players and coaches who participated, and we appreciate their help.”

Those helping include the following individuals and organizations:

Team Hosts

  • Travis Adams
  • Darla & Carroll Bowden
  • Chuck Gordon
  • Chloe & Jim Lieblong
  • Beverly & Ron Graham
  • Christie & Heath Graham
  • Julie & Johnny Morgan
  • Jeff Pipkin
  • Linda & Tommy Richardson
  • Peggy & Gary Stratton
  • Leigh & John Whiteside

Flag Sales

  • Johnny Morgan
  • Howard Ritchie
  • Truman Pew
  • Norman Watson
  • ATU Connection Committee of the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce

NCAA Merchandise Sales Volunteers

  • Paul Norman, The Paper Clip
  • Jennifer Schalk, Taber Extrusions
  • Mary Wood, U.S. Forest Service
  • Syr John Duncan, U.S. Forest Service

Hospitality Gift Baskets for Visiting Athletic Directors and Head Coaches

  • ABOUT, Dianne Edwards
  • AP Commission, Christie Graham
  • Cathy’s Flowers, Joe Turner
  • Kroger, Steve Hooten
  • Patti Cakes Bakery, Patti Stobaugh
  • Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce

Volunteers with Time, Facilities & Promotion

  • Mary Anderson
  • Leigh Whiteside
  • Mayor Tyrone Williamson
  • Pope County Judge Jim Ed Gibson
  • Numerous businesses that supported the tournament on marquees, signs or by purchasing Arkansas Tech flags and banners.