TTU announces commitment to area youth at Nov. 15 game

Tennessee Tech University officials are inviting community members to celebrate TTU’s induction as a “University of Promise” at its football game next Saturday, Nov. 15.

As a “University of Promise,” TTU becomes a partner with America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth organization, a national movement to mobilize people from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of the nation’s youth.

To commemorate the occasion, TTU designated Nov. 15 as “Take a Kid to the Game” day, offering children’s (aged 18 and under) game tickets for only $1, both in advance and at the gate. Campus representatives are also asking everyone to bring a children’s book to donate to area pre-school and head-start programs. Red wagons will be stationed at the stadium’s west entrance to collect the books.

Students and campus volunteers will also offer children’s activities and reading stations set up at the ground floor of stadium’s west side. During half time of the game, representatives of the Community Services Agency, the local organization that initiated the America’s Promise effort in our region, will present TTU President Bob Bell with a red wagon, the America’s Promise logo.

Weather permitting, the Golden Knights parachute team will jump in to the game carrying the America’s Promise wagon.

Founded in Philadelphia in April 1997 at the Presidents' Summit for America's Future, America's Promise hopes to help young people by fulfilling five promises:
Develop and support ongoing relationships with caring adults,
Create safe places with structured activities during non-school hours,
Promote a healthy start and future through nutrition, exercise and good habits,
Provide effective education to develop marketable skills, and
Create opportunities to allow youth to give back through community service.

“Tennessee Tech University is proud to fulfill its promise to support our region’s youth,” said Bell. “They are our future, and they will represent our success. Community service is a critical component for higher education, and we are setting an important example through this effort.

“We are dedicated to educating and engaging our students in active-duty citizenship. They represent the future and the promise of our region, our state, and our nation. TTU is very pleased to partner with the Upper Cumberland Community Services Agency, Putnam County Schools, other P-12 schools throughout the region, and other organizations that serve youth.”

The game, featuring the TTU Golden Eagle football team versus Southeast Missouri, begins at 1 p.m., but gates and ticket booths will open at noon. Call 372-3940 for advance ticket sales.

PHOTO CUTLINE: Preparing to celebrate TTU’s induction as a “University of Promise” during the TTU football game Saturday, Nov. 15, are, from left in the front row, Katie Patterson, Dalen Prince, TTU President Robert R. Bell, Pedrom Radman and Sarah Jo Pendergrass. Standing in the back are, from left, Putnam Co. Schools Director Michael Martin, Upper Cumberland Community Services Agency Representative Seanaree Qualls, and TTU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Marvin Barker.