There’s something special about your first trip to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The noise, the colors, the band, the singing of “We Are The Boys” and, more recently, “Won’t Back Down,” and of course, the football game played in the midst of all of that make for a truly unique experience. And so, no Florida Gator fan forgets his or her maiden voyage to the Mecca of college football.
But few Gator fans have as unforgettable of a first time in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium as one amazing young Gator fan is about to have.
Thanks to the generosity of the Gator fan base, a young man named Austin will get to witness a Florida Gator football game for the first time in his life tomorrow afternoon as the Gators take on Vanderbilt. Austin is a die hard 17 year old Gator fan from Nashville who suffers from autism, learning disabilities and several physical health conditions. You can learn more by visiting the GoFundMe page here. You can also donate to help us get a head start on doing the same thing for somebody else next year.
Many of y’all have reached out asking where and when is best to meet Austin and help make his experience even more memorable. The answer: by stopping by where the players come out of the stadium right after the game on Stadium Road near the intersection of Gale Lemerand Drive to say hello. We will also all be at the Gator walk at 9:45am.
My fellow teammates at the Gator Good foundation- Anthony, Matt, Jen and Taylor- are all so thankful for your collective generosity. What our team has done would not be even remotely possible without the kindness and selflessness of each and every one of you, so on behalf of the entire team: thank you in advance for helping create a day that Austin will never forget.