UT’s Mónica Lebrón to speak at Farragut Rotary

Tom KingFarragut

It’ll be a Big Orange Day on Wednesday for the Rotary Club of Farragut when we welcome and meet a key person in the UT Athletics Department, a name many do not know – Mónica Lebrón Ph.D. She joined the University of Tennessee’s executive leadership team in February 2021 as the deputy athletics director for championship resources. The meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 12:15 p.m. at Fox Den Country Club.

Lebrón also shares lead sport administrator duties for both the Tennessee football team and the men’s basketball program. She also oversaw the launch of the Tennessee Athletics’ “My All” campaign in the summer of 2021. The goal is to raise $500 million to bolster UT’s 20 athletic teams.

Prior to coming to UT, Lebrón oversaw all internal and external day-to-day operations for Tulane University athletics as deputy AD/chief operating officer. She also served as chief diversity officer.

A 2001 Yale University graduate, she was a four-year letter winner and starter on the Bulldogs’ softball team. She then earned her master’s of sports administration and MBA from Ohio University in 2003. In the spring of 2019, she earned her doctorate in interdisciplinary studies from Tulane.


World Rotary Day this year is April 9. But on Saturday, March 26, the six Rotary clubs in Knoxville – including the RCF – will come together for a World Rotary Day of Service at Vine Middle School. This typically begins around 8 a.m., and the workday is done by 1 p.m. Rotarians will join volunteers from the school and community to work both inside and outside of the school.


Farragut Rotarians Adam Brock, Jim O’Brien and Julie Blaylock busy at our last Love Laundry event

Our club will be returning to help our friends at Laundry Love at their monthly event on April 5 from 5-8 p.m. It will be at their west Knoxville location at The Wash House Laundry Center, 8035 Kingston Pike.

Laundry Love is a great non-profit providing struggling families with something many take for granted – being able to wash and have clean clothes and bed linens – and it’s all free. Laundry Loves furnishes the quarters for the machines, the detergent and the fabric softener for up to three loads of washing and drying per family. Their events are more than just doing laundry. They also provide a light meal for everyone, fun activities for the kids and friendly conversation while the laundry tumbles.

Farragut Rotary Service Projects Chair Scott Bertini says we’ll have between 10 and 20 volunteers helping, and in addition to assisting the families, we provide and serve the food and help with the kiddos. It is a very special evening for our club.

To explore membership in the Rotary Club of Farragut, call 865-659-3562. Farragut Rotary meets each Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at Fox Den Country Club. Tom King, a past president of Farragut Rotary, has served at newspapers in Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and California and has been the editor of two newspapers.

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