by Edyth Y. Bradley
In an effort to help increase awareness of nutrition and health-related issues, the Albany State University Golden Rams have designated their football game against the Miles College Golden Bears as their F.A.N.S Experience Day, ASU athletic administrators have announced. The event will take place before and during the game on Saturday, Sept. 22. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Albany State University Coliseum.
F.A.N.S. is the acronym for Facilitating Awareness of Nutrition and Sexual Risks, and community health awareness groups will be available to provide information to increase health awareness to fans who attend the game, says ASU Athletics Director, Dr. Richard H. Williams.
“Albany State is committed to helping people live better lives and our goal, through this event, is to increase awareness of health issues that affect people in this community,” Dr. Williams. “We want to provide practical, helpful information on health and nutrition for families to use in their daily living that will increase and improve the quality of life,” Dr. Williams said.
Vendors from a variety of health organizations in the Albany and Dougherty County areas will be on hand to conduct health screenings and health education information on diet and nutrition, sexually-transmitted diseases, exercising and preventive measures, Dr. Williams said.
In addition to the F.A.N.S. Experience event, the Golden Rams will honor military personnel and ASU faculty and staff during pre-game activities, and welcome high school students for Campus Visitation Day.
Albany State will pay tribute to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who are currently serving on active duty or retired from military service, according to ASU Athletics Director, Dr. Richard H. Williams. Members from all five branches of the armed forces, including the Army, Navy, Air Forces, Marines and Coast Guard will be saluted during pre-game activities.
“It is very appropriate for the ASU community to honor persons who have contributed so much in service to the United States and this University. We are extremely grateful and appreciative to our active and retired military personnel who have served and are serving and protecting this great country of ours,” Dr. Williams said. “We also honor our faculty and staff for their support of our student-athletes. They go above and beyond to help our students succeed in the classroom which affects their success on the playing fields.”
Tickets for active duty military members and retires with valid military identification are $18 for adults. Junior ROTC students may purchase a student ticket for $5. All tickets must be purchased at the gate on game day.
ASU faculty and staff members will be admitted free of charge with a valid ID card, Dr. Williams said. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to get their ID cards verified or validated by visiting the RAM Card Office. Faculty and staff members’ ID cards will be scanned at the gate on game day for free admission.
Fans may purchase adult tickets for $20, and tickets for kindergarten through 12th grade students for $7. Adult tickets are available at the Albany State cashier’s window through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Radium Springs Petro Store, Odyssey Records and June Bug’s Grocery and Connie’s Corner. ASU students will be admitted free of charge with a valid ID card.