FAYETTEVILLE - Former J.B. Hunt President and CEO and longtime Razorback supporter Kirk Thompson will participate in the "A" Walk of Honor on Saturday prior to Arkansas' football game against Alabama at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
"We are honored to recognize Kirk Thompson for his longtime support of the Razorbacks with the 'A' Walk of Honor," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "Kirk is an accomplished businessman who has helped J.B. Hunt Transport Services become one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America. He has also been an avid supporter of Razorback Athletics. His generosity has helped enable our program to equip Razorback student-athletes with the resources they need to reach their fullest potential through intercollegiate athletics."
Thompson is a Broyles-Matthews Platinum member of the Razorback Foundation. He has supported the University of Arkansas and Razorback Athletics for many years. Thompson recently made a gift to help fund the football center, which is under construction and will be completed in late spring 2013.
A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Thompson is the former President and CEO and current chairman of the board of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
"Running through the A" is one of the Razorbacks' most storied football traditions. While "Running through the A" is a tradition reserved only for members of the Razorback football team, Razorback Athletics created a program to honor those individuals or groups who have played a significant role in the support of Razorback Athletics.
Honorees are invited to participate in this unique pre-game experience and are recognized on the video board and over the public address system as they walk through the "A" formed by the Razorback Marching Band. After completing the walk, honorees help complete the "A" before welcoming Coach John L. Smith and the Arkansas Razorback football team on the field just prior to kickoff. Honorees will also be inducted into the "A" Walk of Honor Hall of Fame.
Previous honorees have included members of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, former Arkansas coach and athletic director Frank Broyles, the Willard and Pat Walker family, Jim Lindsey, Bob and Marilyn Bogle and the Jennings Osborne family.