To our amazing TD Club sponsors, members. and volunteers,
THANK YOU, THANK YOU for helping us make the 19th Little Rock TD Club season our biggest and best ever! From a record crowd of 1,300 for Peyton Manning, the moving and emotional story shared by Peyton Hillis, the greatness of Tony Dorsett to the wackiness and hilarious honesty from Jim McMahon, every week there was a compelling guest to be heard.
Again, the line up of former players, coaches and broadcasters walked away saying that our club was THE BEST in the country. We continue to hear this year after year from some of the most high profile football personalities in the nation.
It's all because of the contributions and effort that each of you make for our club every season. No TD Club has a group of sponsors like we do and no TD Club has a volunteer army like we have. We are second to none. All of you members who show up and bring energy and hospitality to our meetings week after week, it makes a lasting impact on our speakers, they notice. I'm not sure how we can top or equal the last few years of speakers for next year, but you know I will do everything possible to make our 20th anniversary the biggest and best season ever.
This year, we also expanded our national award impact by providing not just one $3,000 Cliff Harris Award, but now each of the three small college divisions, D2, D3 and NAIA, will have their own winner and trophy. There are approximately 500 college football programs among those three divisions and 5,000 defensive players nationwide start the season with an opportunity to win the award. Now each division will grow the award even bigger since they have their own individual winner and trophy. This will also ensure that the remarkable legacy of Cliff Harris will flourish all over the nation at all levels of small college football. Special thanks to Rex Nelson for his work on this project as well as our behind the scenes TD Club superstar of 2024, Chris Kane, for helping execute these changes. More big thanks to founding sponsor of the Cliff Harris Award, Wright Lindsey Jennings and Judy Henry for their vision and support.
As you know, we normally have a post season awards banquet. However, the expense of our fourteen week line up combined with the associated costs of the club's growing national awards programs, we have decided it would be financially prudent to forgo the banquet this year. We will still present the Harlon Hill Award trophy (Small College Heisman) and the three Cliff Harris Award trophies to winners across the country. We will also present our Dan Hampton, Willie Roaf and Darren McFadden Awards to the Arkansas college and high school winners. We will also recognize our Sully Award and Paul Eells Award. Thanks to Simmons Bank, Michael and DeaAnn Ihrie and Bill and Doris Lawrence for their sponsorship of our awards program.
Finally, we can't say thank you enough to our amazing sponsors. No one has a better presenting sponsor in America than Simmons Bank. Their support has fueled our tremendous growth the past decade. Also thank you to Crain Automotive, Oaklawn Sports, Sissy's Log Cabin, Double Bees, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Wright Lindsey Jennings, Advantage Service Company, Summerwood Sports, Simmons Bank Arena, Dairy Queen, Arkansas Urology, Pulaski County Farm Bureau, War Memorial Stadium, Hatcher Agency/Twin City Limo, AV Media and 103.7 The Buzz. An outstanding group of sponsors!
Thank you All for everything you've done and continue to do.
See you next season!!
The Little Rock Touchdown Club, founded in 2004, has grown rapidly to become one of the nation's largest football clubs, boasting over 500 members. They hold weekly meetings at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Little Rock during the football season. The club hosts an annual awards banquet, recognizing the Most Valuable Player from each Arkansas college football team, as well as honoring Coaches and Players of the Year from various high school classifications. Notably, they also bestow awards upon a National Collegiate Player of the Year, SEC Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year, and SEC Coach of the Year.More Info