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April 5, 2013

Smith honored with naming of Arkansas football center

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Longtime benefactor Fred W. Smith has played an instrumental role in the success of the University of Arkansas and Razorback Athletics and now the chairman of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation will be honored with the naming of the first major facility being completed as part of the Razorback Athletic Facilities Master Plan.  

On Thursday, the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees Building and Grounds committee unanimously recommended a resolution to recognize Mr. Smith’s extraordinary contributions by naming the football center currently being constructed on the Fayetteville campus as the Fred W. Smith Football Center. The full Board of Trustees will formally vote on the committee’s recommendation on Friday.

The 80,000 square-foot Fred W. Smith Football Center is scheduled to open in the summer of 2013. The facility, being constructed south of Donald W. Reynolds Stadium, will serve as the home of Razorback Football. In October 2010, under Smith’s leadership, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation issued a lead $10 million challenge grant to help raise funds for the Football Center. This challenge was met in August 2011, paving the way for construction of the football center.

“Fred Smith has meant so much to our student-athletes, our athletic program, university and state through his leadership of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and his personal philanthropy to Razorback Athletics,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “The admiration and respect Fred enjoys throughout our state was once again demonstrated when several of his peers stepped forward in a major way when they learned of our desire to honor him with the naming of the football center. There is no more fitting way to recognize Fred’s generosity and the Smiths’ love of the Razorbacks than to place his name on our newest and most essential football facility for our student-athletes and coaches.”

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