Arkansas State University Athletic Director Terry Mohajir (from left) visits with Adam Staples of Walnut Ridge and Bray Brooks of Black Rock during an informal gathering regarding the formation of a Red Wolves Foundation Pack Club in Lawrence County.

Pack Club forming
in Lawrence County


Gretchen Hunt
Editor

Arkansas State University fans in Lawrence County will soon have another outlet to support the Red Wolves and network with one another.

Adam Staples of Walnut Ridge, an alum of the university, is spearheading the formation of a new Pack Club in conjunction with the Red Wolves Foundation.

Whether a former athlete, a member of the alumni or just a fan, residents are encouraged to join the Foundation and become active in the local Pack Club.

"They are giving us lots of discretion as far as what we do on the local level," Staples said. "I see it as a social club for a bunch of friends who all happen to like the Red Wolves."

For starters, Staples hopes the Pack Club will be able to meet quarterly for a local lunch, with a speaker coming over from ASU.

"Maybe eventually it turns into a Lawrence County Pack Club tailgate," he said. "It is really in infancy stage. The primary motivation is to put ASU fans in front of ASU fans and kind of give us a chance to get to know each other."

There is also a focus on reaching out to graduates from the late 80s until the early 2000s.

"A striking percentage don't come back to the university," Staples said.

Staples and Bray Brooks of Black Rock coordinated an informal get-together on Thursday with representatives of the ASU athletic department, alumni association and Red Wolves Foundation.

"This was kind of a feeler event, to see what kind of response we would get," Staples said. "Those in attendance were very positive, and we barely scratched the surface on the ASU supporters in Lawrence County."

The event was held at the Stan Jones Mallard Lodge in Clover Bend. Jones himself is a former ASU football player and shared with those in attendance that he hopes to see more support from Lawrence County fans in their attendance at athletic events throughout the year.

"He is a big supporter of the program and was a gracious host," Staples said.

Among those in attendance from ASU were Athletic Director Terry Mohajir and head baseball coach Tommy Raffo. Mohajir shared information about the direction of the athletic program, and Raffo spoke about the upcoming baseball season, which was of special interest to attendees as Walnut Ridge High School standout Eric Wilcoxson will be a member of the team.

Mohajir said Pack Clubs are becoming a very important part of the university's support system, and he was pleased to see a club being formed in Lawrence County.

Memberships in the Red Wolf Foundation begin at $50 a year. Anyone who would like more information can contact the foundation at 870-972-2401 or Staples at 886-5075. Those interested can also visit redwolvesfoundation.com

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