Auburn University hosted the Build-A-Bike event at the new Athletic Complex on campus. Auburn University (AU or Auburn) is a public university located in Auburn, Alabama, United States. With more than 25,000 students and 1,200 faculty members, it is one of the largest universities in the state. Auburn has traditionally been rated highly by academic ranking services, and has been listed as one of the top 50 public universities for 20 consecutive years. The 2011 edition of U.S. News and World Reports ranks Auburn as the 82nd university in the nation among public and private schools and 37th among public universities. Dr. Peggy Howland, the consulting Psychologist for the athletic department said “this is exactly what this team needs, we have had a dramatic year”. “This was inspiring” said Kim Evans the soccer coach for Auburn University.
Joe-Joe Petrone, the director of sports medicine arranged the teams so different departments got to work with each other, so there was some rivalry going on. The Build-A-Bike event teaches teamwork skills through a series of challenges which the teams are to complete. The tasks encourage the teams to think outside the box to come up with solutions. The Auburn Athletics department was an amazing group of individuals, they came prepared for fun. Everyone showed up in track suits so the activities were very competitive, fast paced and very high energy. The charity to receive the bikes was set up by the University, Project Uplift of Lee County Youth Development Center, the representative arrived at the luncheon following the event.