Photography by Dero Sanford
For more than a decade, SpectacuaLR has celebrated the accomplishments of the UA Little Rock student-athletes. Like the iconic UA Little Rock Trojan – these young professionals exhibit tenacity and determination to succeed. Civic and business leaders throughout the Capital City support UA Little Rock as a vision for the future and an economic engine for Central Arkansas. Cindy and Warren Simpson will be recognized at this year’s event for their commitment to the university and its athletic programs.
Warren serves on the Trojan Athletic Council and the UA Little Rock Foundation Board of Directors. He’s been invested in the university for many years and was instrumental in making the Jack Stephens Center become a reality on the campus. UA Little Rock Director of Athletics George Lee recalls, “The initial discussion was renovation of the existing field house. During that visit with Coach Moser, Chris Peterson and Warren, the idea of a brand-new arena came about. That would not have happened without Warren being such a strong advocate.” Warren adds, “Now, when we go into the Jack Stephens Center – the kids are so grateful and energetic; we just want to keep helping them succeed.”
SpectacuaLR generates critical funding for the 15 Trojan athletic programs, more than $2.5 million since its inception in 2009. The evening guarantees a lively gathering with fellow Trojan fans and a casino night that will not disappoint. However, the real winners are the 270 student-athletes who benefit from scholarships and enjoy the campus improvements made possible by the fundraiser.
Cindy fondly reflects on her time as a student at UA Little Rock and remains an avid sports fan. “I work alongside Warren to help promote and grow the athletic programs at UA Little Rock.” She believes in the complete student experience with strong extracurricular activities that add depth. “The quality of higher education also contributes to the growth of this city’s cultural identity.” Warren affirms that the university is an integral part of the heart of the city. “UA Little Rock is certainly an aid to the economic engine of Little Rock, there is no doubt about that. We both care so much for Little Rock and believe that what is good for the university and Little Rock Athletics is best for the city.”