The Sweat Hawgs program is a collaborative community outreach effort between the University of Arkansas Athletic Department, Fayetteville Public Schools, and Farmington Public Schools. Razorback student-athletes use their peak physical condition to encourage physical education and healthy eating habits in these local schools. Razorback student-athletes are committed to extinguishing childhood obesity in the youth of Arkansas.
One of the Razorbacks’ most successful programs over the years has been the Book Hogs – Read to Win initiative which encourages students at the elementary school level to enjoy reading.
Each February, students are challenged to read 360 minutes during the month. Razorback student-athletes spend time visiting each of the nine elementary schools in Fayetteville in an effort to highlight the program. Every student that reaches the 360-minute goal has their name placed in a drawing. One grand-prize winner from each school receives three tickets to a Razorback baseball game where they are acknowledged on the field during the game. In addition, the class at each school which compiles the most minutes read is invited to Bud Walton Arena for a pizza party hosted by our Razorback student-athletes.
Shop With SAAC
The University of Arkansas and its student-athletes have an annual tradition of raising money and going shopping with several deserving kids in the Fayetteville community. Members of SAAC and the Razorback athletic teams are able to give back and take nine area elementary students, one from each area elementary school, shopping.
Lift Up America
Since its inception in 2007, Lift Up America and the University of Arkansas have been teaming up with Tyson Foods, Inc. & the NWA Food Bank to help bring the gift of food to the area’s less fortunate. Razorback student-athletes dedicate a Saturday every spring semester to help unload a truck load of Tyson protein. Student-Athletes and staff work diligently to distribute the protein to organizations from across the region in front of the Broyles Center.