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Razorback Foundation, MTCC to host free program

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Join Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Razorback Foundation and four former University of Arkansas athletes on Sept. 29 for a discussion on how their experience as Razorbacks prepared them for life. Muskie Harris (football), Allie Freeman (basketball), Celia Anderson (basketball) and Terry Prentice (track & field) will be the featured panelists.


 

From the Razorback Foundation:

The Razorback Foundation Inc., the University of Arkansas’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will host a reception and a free educational program entitled, “How the Razorback Athletic Experience Prepared Us for Life,” on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock.

The event will feature a panel of former African-American Razorback student-athletes who competed in football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and men’s track and field at the University of Arkansas from 1973-2012.

No admission will be charged for the event and refreshments will be provided. Those planning on attending the reception and program, however, are requested to RSVP to the Razorback Foundation via e-mail at [email protected].

“We are pleased to partner with Razorback Athletics and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center to bring this free community event to Central Arkansas highlighting the life-changing impact made through education,” Razorback Foundation Executive Director Scott Varady said. “The success of the Razorback program goes far beyond the victories and championships won on the field or on the court. Through the years, the student-athlete experience at the University of Arkansas has transformed the lives of thousands of young men and women. We want to invite everyone to be a part of this very special evening as we hear the inspiring stories of just a few of the many remarkable individuals who have used their Razorback experiences as the springboard to success in life.”

The program will include a panel discussion moderated by University of Arkansas professor Dr. Gerald Jordan and will feature former Razorback student-athletes Muskie Harris (football – 1973-78), Allie Freeman (men’s basketball – 1984-88), Celia Anderson (women’s basketball – 1998-2001) and Terry Prentice (men’s track and field – 2009-12).

The event is part of a Razorback weekend in Central Arkansas that will culminate with the Arkansas vs. Alcorn State football game at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m.

Panelists:
Muskie Harris, Football, 1973-78
Harris was a four-year football letterman for the Razorbacks. He was the first African American male from Little Rock’s Central High School to attend the University of Arkansas on an athletics scholarship. Harris works for Recovery Centers of Arkansas and the Muskie Harris Rehabilitation Center, helping those who are coping with recovery from various addictions.

Allie Freeman, Men’s Basketball, 1984-88Freeman played for the Razorback men’s basketball team under both Coach Eddie Sutton and Nolan Richardson. The guard from Little Rock, Ark., was a four-year letterman and helped lead the Razorbacks to their first NCAA appearance under Richardson in 1988. Freeman is the youth apprenticeship program manager at the Little Rock School District’s Metropolitan Career and Technical Center. He is also the president of Freeman Marketing and Promotional Products.

Celia Anderson, Women’s Basketball, 1998-2001Anderson played for the Razorbacks during one of the most successful stretches in program history. In her freshman season of 1998, Arkansas advanced to the NCAA Final Four. In her sophomore season, he team claimed the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Anderson was named to the Southeastern Conference’s Academic Honor Roll three consecutive years and earned her Master’s Degree at the UA. In addition to teaching at Northwest Arkansas Community College and working at the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, Anderson is an acclaimed speaker and author.

Terry Prentice, Men’s Track and Field, 2009-12Prentice competed for the University of Arkansas’ men’s track and field program from 2009-12. A decathlete, Prentice garnered All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) and Honorable Mention All-America honors while helping the program claim five SEC championships in indoor and outdoor track and field. As a student-athlete, Prentice served as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was a member of the Athletic Director’s Council for Diversity. Prentice has two degrees from the UA and is the associate director for development for the Razorback Foundation.

The Razorback Foundation, Inc.
The Razorback Foundation, Inc., a separate and self-supporting nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity, serves as the fundraising arm of the University of Arkansas Athletic Department. The mission of the Razorback Foundation Inc. is to support the athletic endeavors of more than 460 student-athletes competing in 19 sports at the University of Arkansas. The Foundation assists Razorback student-athletes by providing financial support for scholarships, facilities and various programs that enable them to realize their dreams of achieving a quality college education while participating in athletics on a nationally competitive level.

 


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