Reflecting its spirit of community service, pride and dedication, the American Legion Department of Tennessee has donated $15,000 to Tennessee Tech University.
The gift will help the university install updated audio-visual equipment, including large- screen projectors, a video system and wireless microphones, in Derryberry Hall Auditorium.
Every summer, Tennessee Tech hosts the American Legion Boys' State, a leadership action program where qualified male high school juniors take part in a practical government course designed to develop in the young citizens a working knowledge of the structure of government. During the week-long event, hundreds of students attend programs and assemblies in the auditorium.
"For 37 years now the American Legion and Tennessee Tech University have developed a great, symbiotic relationship," said Judge John Maddux, state chairman of the American Legion Boys’ State program. "The American Legion is happy to support the university. This will help the university, the Legion and the Boys’ State delegates who come to campus."
Boys’ State holds all joint assemblies in the auditorium. Past guest speakers have included NASA astronauts, Tennessee legislative leaders and the governor, among others.
Carl Levi, who serves as chairman of the American Legion’s Finance Committee, helped secure funding for the project.