Because of the Love of the Game

Athletic Director Joel Nielsen
Coach Darrell Hazell

Coach Hazell is the head coach of the Kent State University Football Team and Joel Nielsen is the Athletic Director for Kent State University.

Alumnus George Jenkins, ’63, points to the moment that perfectly captures what he’d like to see in a revitalized Golden Flashes football program: last year’s Battle for the Wagon Wheel game against the University of Akron, when the stands packed with students exploded with the victory over Kent State’s greatest rival. His latest contribution aims to bring that level of excitement to Dix Stadium on a regular basis.

This year he and his wife Gina provided the lead gift for the Football Enhancement Fund, which will provide the resources to reenergize a program that has struggled for several years. George, and the many other alumni who have given to the fund, knows that a resurgent football team — and a long-sought Mid-American Conference Championship — will not only bring glory to the Golden Flashes, but an even greater sense of pride to the broader Kent State community.