NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Lipscomb University Athletics is excited to announce a newly-formed Junior Bison Club for children 7th grade and younger.
The Junior Bison Club will be directed by Kim Austin who serves as the administrative assistant for the Lipscomb men's and women's basketball programs.
"We are excited to bring back the Junior Bison Program and offer this experience to a new generation of fans," said Philip Hutcheson, Director of Athletics. "Lipscomb athletics has always been synonymous with young fans and I think it will be a huge hit with not only our Junior Bison Club members, but also our parents and grandparents.”
"We are excited about offering the Junior Bison Club and look forward to growing our club,” Austin said. “Each member will receive a Junior Bison Club T-shirt and a gift bag filled with various age appropriate Lipscomb items.
"We anticipate creating a lot of fun activities for Junior Bison Club Members where they get VIP game and practice experiences with Lipscomb Athletics. We want our members to have opportunities to build lasting friendships with our student- athletes and teams."
Junior Bison Club members will receive complimentary admission to athletic contests and events along with other exclusive invitations to a variety of other behind the scenes experiences.
"We will have special reserved sections at our games that will be monitored by our Junior Bison Club Herd Patrol at events,” Austin said. “Among the ways our club will give back to Lipscomb is utilizing our Junior Bison Club in taking the lead in our Court Patrol team at Basketball games and Foul Ball Patrol at Baseball and Softball games. We'll also be doing other selected events members can choose from our other sports."
Austin is also thankful for several sponsors that have already stepped up to help re-launch the Junior Bison Club.
"I personally want to thank Dr. Ron Swang, DDS; Norman Fox with the Donut Den and Ramona Welch with Urban Mills Promotions and Boutique who have made a sponsorship gift,” Austin said. “We hope other businesses or individuals will have an interest in helping by being a sponsor. I'm asking those who can to contact me for more information.
Our goals are to grow the group and create memorable experiences for our members to get to know our tremendous student-athletes. We want Junior Bison Club members to get to know them and cheer for them at their games, matches, events and meets, to be their friends and make great memories.”
Women's basketball assistant coach Clay Carothers is a perfect example of what the new version of the Junior Bison Club wants to accomplish.
“Clay was a Junior Bison Club member and now he is on our staff,” Austin said. “He will be the first to share what a big deal it is for children to have great student-athletes to look up to in their impressionable years.
"Who knows? One of our Junior Bison Club members might be the next Major League Baseball player like Caleb Joseph, who just a few years ago was our number one towel boy taking care of John Pierce and his teammates in historic McQuiddy Gymnasium.”