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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Amy Combs (from left), Patrick Skinner, Heather Foitek, JoAnn Stevens and Don Paul, Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life board members, welcome supporters to A Cool Summer Homecoming on Aug. 19 at the Fayetteville Town Center.

Nearly 1,000 Razorback fans joined football coaches and players Aug. 18 at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center for the 2017 Arkansas Football Kickoff Luncheon.

On the heels of the Aug. 14 passing of Frank Broyles, the usually exuberant event was tempered by the sense of loss of the legendary coach and athletic director. Chuck Barrett, master of ceremonies, said, "We will miss his charm and passion, but his spirit will be with us in every Hog call."

Arkansas Football Kickoff Luncheon

Who: Arkansas Razorbacks fans, coaches and players

What: Nearly 1,000 Razorback fans joined football coaches and team members for the 2017 Arkansas Football Kickoff Luncheon.

When: Aug. 18

Where: Northwest Arkansas Convention Center

Information: arkansasrazorbacks.com

A Cool Summer Homecoming

Who: Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life

What: Eight area professional were in the running to be named Homecoming King or Queen by raising the most money for the nonprofit organization.

When: Aug. 19

Where: Fayetteville Town Center

Next: 20th anniversary Kendrick Fincher Youth Run is set for May 12.

Information: (479) 986-9960 or kendrickfincher.org

Football team members followed the tradition of introducing each other to luncheon guests, and Coach Bret Bielema shared his optimistic view of the coming season.

Among those kicking off football season with the Razorbacks were Warren McDonald, Hannah and Greg Lee, Loyd Phillips, Randy Lawson, Dick Trammel, Cam Smith, Madre Hill, Betty and Eddy Bradford and Ken Hatfield.

Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life foundation welcomed some 450 guests for A Cool Summer Homecoming on Aug. 19 at the Fayetteville Town Center.

Eight area professionals were in the running to be named Homecoming King or Queen by raising the most money for the nonprofit organization, whose mission is to "promote proper hydration and prevent heat illness through education and supporting activities."

The group recently has expanded its Bee Hydrated elementary school education program statewide and nationally. The foundation also offers presentations to athletes, coaches and parents about heat illness, which is 100 percent preventable.

Zack Allen, Del Monte Foods Inc. and Patty "Pain" Ullrich, Spine, Sports & Rehab Chiropractic Clinic, took king and queen honors with the rest of the homecoming court consisting of:

• Rhonda Adams, Northwest Arkansas Community College;

• Jon Coker, Wilson Coker Wealth Advisers;

• Erin Goodwin, Black Hills Energy;

• Charles Kochel, WhiteSpyder;

• Hubert Loudermilk, Sam's Club; and

• Kim Strickland, Walmart Stores Inc.

The 20th anniversary Kendrick Fincher Youth Run is set for May 12.

Those helping the hydration group included Jamie and Brendon McDermott, Meggan and Nathan Kring, Peggy and Brian Arend, Tameka and Dosie McBride, Karen and Tom Olsen, JoAnn and Tom Tice.

For more event photos -- nwadg.com/photos/society.

Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at cschoppmeyer@nwadg.com.

NAN Profiles on 09/03/2017

Print Headline: Razorbacks kick off football season

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