March 26, 2012
Mizzou Athletic Director Mike Alden was joined by several athletic department staff members on the most recent Statewide Outreach trip. Staff members on the March 21 trip included Gary Link, Bryan Maggard, Niko Yantko and Derek Doolittle, and the group made stops in seven Missouri counties.
The day began as the group traveled north on US-63 to Macon, Mo. for its first stop at Macon High School. While in Macon, Alden and Link addressed a gathering of students on the importance of doing the right things not only on the playing field, but also in the classroom and in in the community.
After leaving Macon, the next stop was in Linn County, as the group paid visit to long-time Tiger supporter, Don Walsworth, at Walsworth Publishing.
Continuing westward on US-36, the team stopped in Livingston County at Citizens' Bank and Trust in Chillicothe, Mo. In Chillicothe, the group was greeted by over a dozen Tiger supporters. This forum presented the opportunity for Alden to give fans an update of Tiger Athletics, as well as the opportunity for the audience to ask questions.
The group continued its journey through the state to Mercer County with a stop at the Princeton Rotary Luncheon. Nearly 60 of the Tigers' most faithful supporters filled the Hal England Center in Princeton, Mo., as Alden addressed the gathering with a glimpse into the future. Among topics discussed with this crowd were the transition into the Southeastern Conference, as well as the coveted date of April 14, 2012 (4-14-12) - not only the date of this year's Spring football game, but also the unveiling of Mizzou's new line of Nike uniforms. While in Princeton, the group was sure to stop in and say hello to MU staffers at the Mercer County MU Extension Office, as well.
Upon departing Princeton, the group trekked south on US-65 for its next stop in Grundy County. While in Grundy County, the group made a stop in Trenton, MO at Barnes-Baker Automotive to visit with owner Brent Wyant. Barnes-Baker is a member of the departments Big Wheels Program, providing vehicles to staff members. While in Trenton, a stop was made into the Grundy County MU Extension Office to say hello to its hard working group of Mizzou employees.
Back onto US-65 and continuing on southward, the group then stopped into Carrollton, Mo., to visit the Carrollton County MU Extension Office. This group of MU staffers was particularly excited to talk about the tremendous successes of the men's basketball team from this past year, and truly held the Tiger Spirit.
No Outreach trip would be complete without a stop into the Waggin' Wheel in Malta Bend, Mo., The group stopped into this fine Missouri establishment where they were treated to some of the best sticky buns and carrot cake in the state.
The last few stops of the day found the group in Marshall, Mo., located in Saline County. While in Marshall, the group stopped into Big Wheels Program member, Elmer Hare Ford, to pay visit to the Hare family. Concluding the day was a stop into radio affiliate KMMO. While at KMMO, the station conducted interviews with Alden and Link.