TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Steve Roy’s decision to make a donation to the Crimson Tradition Fund, the University of Alabama’s athletic facility campaign, had been made.
But in the end, it was Steve’s love of golf that helped him decide how to best recognize the gift. In ceremonies Friday afternoon at the Jerry Pate Golf Center, the Men’s Golf Head Coach’s Office was officially dedicated in honor of the Roy Family. Helping celebrate the occasion was Steve’s wife Traci, son David, daughters Katherine and Jenni, Men’s Golf Head Coach Jay Seawell, and University of Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore.
Steve recalls an earlier visit from Moore that started the process. “Three years ago Mal came down and visited with us, and I was so impressed with his vision for the whole athletic program,” said Steve, formerly Chief Financial Officer of Movie Gallery, Inc. and currently Chief Financial Officer of AAA Cooper Transportation in Dothan. “We needed to upgrade our facilities, and I wanted to be a part of that effort. The University of Alabama and athletics have been such a big part of our lives, and I wanted to do whatever I could to make an impact on the future of the program.”
Almost as important as Steve’s love for the University of Alabama is his passion for the game of golf. “Since my father introduced me to the game as a youngster, amateur golf has been an important part of what we do for recreation,” said Steve, a Wetumpka native and a 1983 University graduate. “My son David has been involved in junior golf for years, and we’ve always helped with the Press Thornton - Future Masters Tournament in Dothan.
“After having the opportunity to meet Coach Seawell soon after his arrival at Alabama, we knew he would do an outstanding job with our golf program. So when a list of naming opportunities was presented to us, it was an easy decision.”
The naming of the Men’s Golf Head Coach’s Office is one of 125 naming opportunities available through gifts to the Crimson Tradition Fund.