Published on September 30th, 2016 | by The Local0
“Game Day Kids”
…Giving Dothan’s youth the college game day experience
The following story about a new not-for-profit kids organization in Dothan was shared from Auburn, Alabama TV station, WTVM.
Thirteen children from Dothan visited college campuses across Alabama as part of a new organization called Game Day Kids. The organization uses donated football tickets to take children to games that otherwise may not be able to go. “I have seen people giving lesser game tickets away. You see people saying, ‘I have four tickets to this game and we aren’t going to use them’, so I thought there has to be a good way to put these to use,” says Game Day Kids Founder, Chris Robinson. The organization pairs two children with a family. The kids get to experience a college game day with hopes that it inspires them to pursue a college education. “When you take them to a campus, they say, ‘Hey, what do I need to do to do this? Or I want to go here, or I want to experience this’, and hopefully it will give them the incentive to achieve,” says Robinson. Scott Deavers, a host family member for the organization, says they just want the kids to have fun. “So, today we went to Toomer’s Corner to see the new trees we are going to roll, and now we’re going to check out some food trucks, some cool tailgating, and watch the band march and the eagle fly,” said Deavers (while in attendance at the Auburn home game against Arkansas State).
Game Day Kids will take around 100 children to Alabama, Auburn, and Troy University games this year, but hopes are that both the number of children and list of schools will grow.
“I want to take it where God will lead it,” says Robinson. “If there are people who say, ‘Hey, we live in Albany or Athens and we want to do this for Georgia games, that would be great!”
For more information or to get involved with monetary donations, ticket donations, or helping as a host family with Game Day Kids, you can visit their Facebook page.