When Troy University professor Dr. Fred Green and his wife Debi began looking for ways to give back to the community, they had two goals—to feed people and to educate people.
They are working to feed people through involvement in the Salvation Army’s Empty Bowls program. To educate people, they turned their attention to the department where Fred has worked as a professor for 15 years by creating a scholarship program for sport management students.
The Greens recently made the first in a series of donations that will endow a scholarship for sport management majors at Troy. Dr. Green said it was meaningful for them to give back to TROY and to support a future generation of sport management students.
“Students obviously don’t always tell you when they are having financial difficulties, but over the years in this business you get the sense that some are struggling and you do see students that don’t return who were otherwise doing well in class,” Dr. Green said. “With that in mind we wanted to create an endowed fund that would be there to support students.”
Dr. Green, an associate professor and coordinator for graduate program, thanked the Office of Development for helping make his and his wife’s vision for an endowed scholarship become a reality.
“We didn’t really know where to start, but they did a great job of walking us through this process,” Dr. Green said.
Rebecca Watson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development, thanked the Greens for their generosity.
“The gifts made by the Greens over the next few years will create a lasting legacy that will benefit sports management students for years to come,” Watson said.
The Dr. Fred and Debi Green Sport Management Scholarship is expected to be fully endowed by 2022.