Auburn University students to give back to community during Saturday’s BIG Event

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The green space outside the Auburn University Student Center will be filled with more than 2,200 Auburn University students at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, as they kick off the 12th annual BIG Event with special guests Alabama Rep. Mark Tuggle and City of Auburn Mayor Bill Ham. The BIG Event has become an Auburn tradition as students give back to the surrounding community.

Beginning at 9 a.m., teams of students will visit 168 job sites including Opelika Municipal Park, Loachapoka High School, Magnolia Place Assisted Living facility and other homes, businesses, churches and schools to perform a variety of tasks like landscaping, painting and pressure-washing.

“This year’s BIG Event, with the slogan of ‘One BIG family, One BIG difference, One BIG Event,’ is all about connecting the Auburn community,” said James Prewitt, assistant executive director of the BIG Event. “The BIG Event is an amazing opportunity to show the people of the community how Auburn students appreciate them for allowing us to call Auburn home.”

The work students will complete in a few hours on a Saturday morning leads to lasting relationships between students and their surrounding community. The BIG Event originally began at Texas A&M in 1982 and has since expanded to 75 other schools, including Auburn. For more information, go to or contact Prewitt at or (205) 393-4301.

Contact: James Prewitt, Student Government Association, (205) 393-4301 (,
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (