The Commerce Journal


June 24, 2013

Dallas, Mesquite stops on tap for 2013 A&M-Commerce Lion Safari Tour

COMMERCE — The 2013 A&M-Commerce Lion Safari Tour resumes tonight as the Tour will make a stop in the Metroplex in each of the next evenings, visiting Dallas on Monday, June 24th before visiting Mesquite on Tuesday, June 25th.

“The Safari Tour is a great opportunity for us to reach out and engage our fan base while providing a platform to push the upcoming season,” said Ivey. “We want to provide our fans and supporters an opportunity to be involved, whether it’s through a membership with the Lions Athletic Club, season tickets, corporate sponsorships or physical support. This is a new day in Lion Athletics and we want all of our fans to be engaged and involved where they desire.”

The Dallas visit will take place at the Iron Cactus Mexican Grill, located downtown at 1520 Main Street from 6-9 p.m. Athletic Director Ryan Ivey will be on hand to meet Lion supporters and will be joined by Lion head football coach Colby Carthel, women’s basketball coach Nicole Anderson, volleyball coach Craig Case and soccer coach Neil Piper, as well as a handful of athletic administrators.

Tuesday evening’s get-together will be held at Spring Creek BBQ, located at 3939 West Emporium Circle from 6-9 p.m. Ivey will once again be joined by Carthel, Case and Piper with men’s track and field and cross country coach Darren Schneider joining the tour as well.

The tour has reached the halfway point of its seven-cities in two-week schedule, having already made stops in Houston, Austin, Frisco and Sulphur Springs. The Safari Tour is designed to reach out to Lions across the state and keeping them informed about the latest happenings in the A&M-Commerce Athletic Department. The newly formed Lions Athletic Club, football season tickets and corporate sponsorships will be the main focus of the gatherings.

Following the stops in the Metroplex, one more destination remains on the schedule as the Lion Safari Tour fittingly ends in Commerce on Monday, July 1st. The final gathering will be held at the Alumni Center on the A&M-Commerce campus beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the majority of the A&M-Commerce coaches on hand.

The Lion Safari Tour is another extension of the Athletic Department’s continued effort to reach out to alumni, fans and supporters across the state of Texas. A&M-Commerce held a series of Town Hall Meetings this past spring, visiting a number of communities in the Northeast Texas area and allowing participants to voice their thoughts and concerns regarding the program and implementing a number of ideas based on those suggestions.

Stay posted to, as well as the A&M-Commerce Facebook and Twitter social media pages, for more information surrounding the Safari Tours, including specific locations and times for the various stops. For more information regarding the Tour, contact the A&M-Commerce Athletic Department at (903) 886-5558.

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