Coach of the Year award presentation to take place in Auburn A-Day pregame ceremony

AUBURN – The official presentation of Liberty Mutual’s Coach of the Year award will take place April 16 at Auburn University’s A-Day game during a pre-game ceremony. Auburn alumni cast more than 80,000 votes for coach Gene Chizik in the first round, a new record for the competition. Howard Nelson, board member of the Auburn Alumni Association and chair of the scholarship committee, will accept the $30,000 check on behalf of the alumni association from Liberty Mutual.

Liberty Mutual made a $50,000 donation to the charities of Chizik’s choice, which were aTeam Ministries and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County. Representatives from these organizations will attend the presentation to accept their checks.

aTeam Ministries is a non-profit organization focused on providing emotional, spiritual and financial support to families with children affected by pediatric cancer who are going through oncology or hematology diagnosis treatment.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County will use the funds to enhance their program by providing resources and opportunities that would not have been possible without the donation.

The alumni association received a $20,000 grant and was also awarded the $10,000 Alumni Rally Award for garnering the most fan support throughout the competition. The earnings will go toward the alumni association’s scholarship endowment.

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