FAYETTEVILLE – More than 2,700 local elementary students will travel to Bud Walton Arena on Friday morning as part of an educational field trip that will include cheering on the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team in its season opener against Florida A&M.
The educational event is designed to reach out to area elementary students and encourage a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. A keepsake booklet designed for kids with fun facts and games will be provided to each student in attendance. Tipoff for the game is set for 11:30 a.m.
Schools will be recognized during the game and enjoy a halftime ceremony dedicated to physical fitness. The halftime presentation will feature University of Arkansas strength and conditioning coach Todd Barbour and several Razorback student-athletes demonstrating various exercises and promoting healthy choices. .
"We are looking forward to hosting elementary students from throughout our area for a Razorback field trip to Bud Walton Arena," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long. "With many schools facing increased budget constraints, we wanted to provide an opportunity for students to participate in an educational field trip while experiencing the excitement of Razorback basketball. In addition, I am certain that Coach Tom Collen and our women’s basketball team will appreciate the loud and enthusiastic support of all of our young Razorback fans."
Area schools scheduled to take part in this field trip format include third through fifth grade classes from Asbell, Butterfield, Happy Hollow, Leverett, Root, Washington, Holcomb, Vandergriff and Owl Creek from Fayetteville. In addition, Prairie Grove Middle School, Greenland schools from third, fourth and eighth grade, Folsom Elementary and Williams Elementary from Farmington and the Huntsville fourth grade class are expected to attend.
The event admits the students and teachers free of charge. They also receive a guest ticket voucher for a return trip to a future Razorback women’s basketball game.
The game with Florida A&M is the first of five-consecutive home contests for the Razorback women.