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Auburn Athletics staff members participate in Tigers Give Back Day

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There were more than 100 members of the Auburn Athletics staff that completed the sixth annual Tigers Give Back Day at seven different locations in the Auburn/Opelika area on Wednesday.

"The idea all started a few years ago when our student-athletes made a commitment to do more in the community," said Latisha Durroh, Director of Community Relations. "Athletic Director Jay Jacobs wanted the department to help honor that commitment so we started the event for that purpose."

Members of the Auburn volleyball, equestrian and gymnastics coaching staffs spent Wednesday morning cleaning up the Chewacla State Park bike trails. The trails were constructed in 2012 by Auburn staff members.

"As coaches, we strongly encourage our student-athletes to give back, and they do meet the challenge, so it is fun for the coaches and staff to be able to give back as a team," said Greg Williams, equestrian head coach. "It is a great program that I think all university groups would enjoy doing."

Head football coach Gus Malzahn served as bingo caller at Oak Park Retirement Home. This was Malzahn's second year as bingo caller.

"As a staff, we get just as much out of it. We provide a lot of different options for staff members so that they can give back in different ways," Durroh said. "We are glad to give back to the Auburn community that gives so much to us. Specifically, I know it meant the world for Coach Malzahn to come visit the residents at Oak Park."

Several administrators as well as members of the Auburn compliance staff volunteered their time with Habitat for Humanity, working on a new home in Opelika.

"We had a great group that did a ton to paint and help get this house ready," said Mark Grantham, Executive Director for Lee County Habitat for Humanity. "It's a very important step as we finish this phase and continue progress on the house. They helped us as we get it ready for the future owners and the family was actually able to come out and meet the volunteers, so that was exciting."

There were 30 staff members that spent time in both the morning and afternoon at the Boykin Community Center with the Head Start Program.

Members from the sports medicine staff touched up fences at Kiesel Park, and several other staff members spent their mornings landscaping at Pine Hills Cemetery. Multiple staff members also helped with the United Way.

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