One of my favorite alums is Lil Hobson. We have never met. Well, that’s not exactly true: I shook her hand at graduation a year ago. But in today’s world you don’t have to meet someone to know them. So let me tell you a little about her. Lil is a non-traditional student who spent most of her time at UCF on one of our regional campuses. She failed at our failure competition. In fairness she finished third out of 700 students and produced one of my favorite failure competition videos along the way. You can watch it by clicking here.
I suspect those kids in the video are Lil’s grandchildren. Lil is active on Twitter. We follow each other (Dean Paul Jarley on Twitter, Lil Hobson on Twitter). She has a great online persona and her tweets tell you a lot about her passion. She reached out to me last week with a cause that is near and dear to my heart: grandparents who end up raising their grandchildren. My grandmothers were both a big part of my early years. I spent a lot of time with each of them and got the pleasure of seeing one of them cross the stage and get her diploma late in life. Lil reminds me a little of my grandma Susie, who more than any other person instilled in me the importance of getting a great education. So, when Lil asked me to participate in the #DollarTagGame, I gladly obliged.
I have always been impressed by the generosity of our alums. They were not born with silver spoons in their mouths. They remember where they came from and many like Lil did not have a direct path from high school to college. They simply found a way to get it done and raise a family along the way, sometimes including their grandkids. So how about it #UCFBusiness nation? We got more than 50,000 alums. You got a buck for a kid who needs their grandparent? Do the math: $1×50,000=$50,000. Tell them #LilSentYou.