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More than 1,550 youth, volunteers and family members will be on the Auburn University campus Saturday to celebrate the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) and the partnership between the two land-grant universities (Alabama A&M and Auburn) which will clash on the football field later in the day.
In partnership with Auburn Athletics and both universities, youth and adults from 47 Alabama counties are expected to attend Extension Youth Day, from 8 a.m. until noon at the corner of S. Donahue Drive and S. College Street.
Before AAMU and AU take to the football field, the two universities will recognize the joint mission of Extension by highlighting its youth development programs–Urban Affairs and New Non Traditional programs at AAMU, and Alabama 4-H and Youth Development and Operation Military Kids: Alabama at Auburn.
“The football teams meeting is a great opportunity to celebrate the educational programs ACES delivers through both universities working for the betterment of Alabamians,” said Director Gary Lemme.
The Extension Youth Day event will feature educational exhibits which focus on science, engineering, agriculture and natural resources; admission advisors from Alabama A&M and Auburn universities will be available to talk to youth about career path choices; celebrity athletes Howard Ballard from AAMU and T.J “Tommy” Jackson from AU will be signing autographs; and healthy lifestyle games will be played to emphasize physical fitness.
Sixty youth and ACES program administrators will be recognized during pre-game ceremonies at Jordan-Hare Stadium, and all youth and adults will attend the football game, set to kick-off in Jordan-Hare Stadium at 1 p.m.
As the outreach organization of Alabama’s land-grant universities, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System serves Alabamians through community-based educational programs. With a network of more than 800 professional educators and staff throughout the state, ACES helps people and communities across Alabama improve their quality of life and economic well-being.
ACES accomplishes its mission by providing educational opportunities and information grounded in research-based science in six program areas: agriculture; economic and community development; family and consumer science; forestry, wildlife and natural resources; Urban Affairs and New Non Traditional programs; and Alabama 4-H and Youth Development.
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