The Big Event is Back
JOHN L. JUNKINS
March 24, 2021
Nearly 40 years ago, Texas A&M held “The Big Event” for the very first time. Born out of one student’s desire to say “thank you” to the surrounding community, it has grown to become the largest, single-day, student-run service project in the nation.
Last year, during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Big Event was canceled. This year we are delighted to say it’s officially back, with a few modifications. This Saturday more than 10,000 students have signed up to offer their time and their talents by engaging in more than 1,400 service projects.
While we won’t be able to have a large gathering of volunteers at Kyle Field Plaza like in past years, we are excited that this event will carry on in the same spirit of service. Since March 15, residents and student leaders have been picking up their tools and equipment with the help of a drive-thru service. Organizers have adjusted the protocols for in-person projects to ensure the safety of everyone involved. There is even one job that will allow hundreds of students to choose from several virtual service opportunities, giving them the chance to have an impact both locally and globally.
On Saturday, I encourage you to participate virtually by watching the video that will be live-streamed on The Big Event’s social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. It will also appear via streaming services on KBTX.
Even if you can’t participate virtually or in person, you can be part of this very worthy cause. Each year our students rely on annual fundraising to make The Big Event possible. Now you can show your support by donating to The Big Event’s main endowment through the Texas A&M Foundation.
After an entire year of physical distancing, we could all use an event where we can come together with helping hands and generous hearts for a common cause. I want to thank and commend the many volunteers and sponsors who have made The Big Event possible in 2021. Your energy and your efforts prove that selfless service is alive and well on this special day, and during every day in Aggieland.
Thanks and Gig ‘em,
John L. Junkins