Competitive chefs Ron (’80) and Lee (Ligon ’80) Booker – with help from daughter Melanie (Booker ’06) Fry and son-in-law Kyle Fry (’03) – deserve kudos for providing and preparing the free barbeque (and sides) enjoyed outside Benson Stadium before ACU beat the Cardinals, 57-17, in a hard-hitting game. Hotdogs and hamburgers also were provided by an alumni committee comprised of Alan Rich (’86), Valinda (McAlister ’81) Bacon, Preston Woolfolk (’10), Jim McKissick (’83), Tunisia (Sekhon ’81) Singleton and Grant Boone (’91), and many other alumni pitched in to set up, serve and clean up. Fans received one free general admission ticket to the game for every three cans of food donated to help feed the hungry in San Antonio.
“Engaging that many alumni for such a positive experience was priceless,” said Singleton, who is ACU’s university relations manager for San Antonio and Austin. “Benefits will continue to be realized for some time to come. I cannot say enough about the alumni, including Grant, who helped to pull this off. They were amazing.”
Singleton estimated that another 200 or so attended the game but not the tailgate. “There were families with young children as well as high schoolers. Youth ministers brought groups, older alumni and current students mingled. Nearly everyone was decked out in purple and white,” she said.
Tailgating is a growing tradition back in Abilene at Shotwell Stadium, where purple-clad fans gather in the parking lot west of the stadium to grill their favorite food before the big game. ACU’s next home contest is Oct. 30 when rival Angelo State plays the Wildcats at 2 p.m.
ACU is 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Lone Star Conference, and ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division II this week.