The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s eighth annual SpectacUALR will honor Greg and Marilyn Brown Thursday, Oct. 13.
SpectacUALR, which raises money for Trojan Athletics, is set for 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Jack Stephens Center. The event will be presented by Triple S Alarm.
The honorees are tremendous benefactors of the Little Rock athletic program as well as alumni of the university. Their name is prominently displayed at the Jack Stephens Center, as the building’s Academic Success Center for Student Athletes was dedicated in their name in 2009.
“Marilyn and Greg Brown’s association with our university and Trojan Athletics dates back many years,” said Little Rock Director of Athletics Chasse Conque. “Their passion for the Little Rock Trojans and sincere interest in the well-being of our student-athletes is evident by their continued support. I am thrilled they have accepted our invitation to honor them this year for their many contributions to Little Rock athletics.”
The Browns also provide their home to the Little Rock men’s golf team on a near-annual basis when the team travels to Utah for tournaments. The Browns hosted the Trojan golf team in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2015.
Furthering their commitment to education, the Browns also participated in the creation and continue to support the Benton Learning Center from the 1990s to the present day.
“When Chasse told us we had been selected as the 2016 SpectacUALR honorees, our reaction was, ‘Why us?’ the Browns said. “We left Arkansas eight years ago, but we discovered that the Trojan spirit never left us. We are thrilled and humbled by this honor. We look forward to working with Chasse and his staff to make this the most successful SpectacUALR ever.”
Over the last seven years, SpectacUALR has raised nearly $1.5 million in support of Little Rock student-athletes. This year’s event will be led by co-chairs Mary Katherine Henderson and Mike Castleberry.
The evening will feature unique silent and live auction items with all proceeds directly impacting Little Rock’s current student-athletes. Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served, and the attire will be business casual. Tickets for the event are $75.
Greg Brown got his Bachelor of Business Administration from UALR, then Little Rock University, in 1970. He later received his Juris Doctor degree from UALR in 1976. Greg Brown served on the university’s Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2001 to 2010, the Foundation Board from 2005 to 2010, and the Board of Visitors from 2001 to 2010.
Marilyn Brown graduated from UALR in 1993 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. She was named the Outstanding General Business Student. During the senior year of Little Rock basketball great Derek Fisher in 1995-96, Marilyn Brown worked closely with head coach Wimp Sanderson. Marilyn Brown served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2001 to 2010 and on the Athletic Foundation Board of Directors from 2007 to 2009.