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Family Appreciation Week Leaderboard

You and your family can earn prizes as you participate in Family Appreciation Week! 

Families are encouraged to show off their participation in events and activities throughout the week! Our FAW Leaderboard will be updated daily to see who is our most participatory family.  Bragging rights are not the only thing on the line; engaging in daily social media challenges, activities, and playing lunch break BINGO earns your family points to be considered for prizes. Our grand prize winner will receive free Fall Family Weekend registration for their family (up to 8 people – football game tickets not included). BINGO and activity challenge winners will be eligible to receive a mystery prize pack.

Event information is subject to change, and new events are being added periodically. Please check back often for new events and information.


Monday, April 8

Family Appreciation Week Kick-Off, 8:30 a.m.
Notification via Email

Check your email inbox as we kick-off Family Appreciation Week. The email will also include a copy of the schedule for the week and Zoom links for all virtual engagement opportunities.


Social Media Challenge: Memory Monday, All Day
Join in on the UTK Family Experience Facebook Page

We all need a little something to jumpstart our Monday. Visit our Facebook page, @UTKFamily, during today’s social media challenge to tell us your family’s favorite memories from your student’s time at UT.

Participating in the social media challenge increases your leaderboard points and gets your family closer to the grand prize.


Lunch Break BINGO, 1 p.m. EST
via Zoom | Register for Zoom Link

Take a break and join us for a round of virtual bingo to earn points towards the leaderboard. Our first place winners will receive a mystery prize pack.

Participating in the bingo increases your leaderboard points and gets your family closer to the grand prize.

Register Lunch Break Bingo


Tuesday, April 9

Social Media Challenge: Tennessee Tuesday, All Day
Join In on Social Media

Visit our Facebook page, @UTKFamily, during today’s social media challenge to share your family’s favorite spots in Tennessee! 

Participating in the social media challenge increases your leaderboard points and gets your family closer to the grand prize.


Service Project: SEC Food Fight, All Day

Help support the Big Orange Pantry during this year’s SEC Food Fight! Each year, SEC institutions compete in a friendly competition to support each campus’s food pantry. Help UTK beat the SEC and support campus food security! 

  • 1 item = 1 point!
  • $1 = 1 point!

Items can be donated to locations across campus or directly to the Dean of Students (Student Union 383). Monetary donations can be made at giving.utk.edu/foodfight.

For questions, please contact Blake Weiss at blake@utk.edu.


Wednesday, April 10

Social Media Challenge: Wellness Wednesday, All Day
Join In on Social Media

Visit our Facebook page, @UTKFamily, during today’s social media challenge to share how your family engages and encourages physical and mental wellbeing! 

Participating in the social media challenge increases your leaderboard points and gets your family closer to the grand prize.


Lunch Break BINGO, 1 p.m. EST
via Zoom | Register for Zoom Link

Take a break and join us for a round of virtual BINGO to earn points towards the leaderboard. Our first place winners will receive a mystery prize pack.

Participating in the bingo increases your leaderboard points and gets your family closer to the grand prize.

Register Lunch Break Bingo


Big Orange Thank You! Garden Party, 5-7 p.m. EST
UT Gardens | 2518 Jacob Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996

Join the Family Experience team and Office of the Dean of Students for a sweet treat at the UT Gardens! Students and families will have the opportunity to create a floral bouquet from Flourish Flower Truck.  Floral bouquets will be provided on a first come, first served basis.  

Students can also complete “Thank You” postcards to be mailed to loved ones. Postage will be covered by Family Experience.


Thursday, April 11

Social Media Challenge: Thriving Thursday, All Day
Join In on Social Media

Visit our Facebook page, @UTKFamily, during today’s social media challenge to share how your family & students have grown, embraced new opportunities, or experienced success at UT! 

Participating in the social media challenge increases your leaderboard points and gets your family closer to the grand prize.


(VOL)Shop on Us!
Notification via Email

Enjoy a shopping spree on the Family Experience team! Participants in the top 15 on the leaderboard will receive a $25 VolShop gift card in their email inbox.


Friday, April 12

Social Media Challenge: Big Orange Friday, All Day
Join In on Social Media

Big Orange Friday is a UT tradition on campus, improving student morale by encouraging school spirit. Visit our Facebook page, @UTKFamily, during today’s social media challenge to show off your school spirit by posting a pic of you and your family in your favorite Big Orange gear!

Participating in the social media challenge increases your leaderboard points and gets your family closer to the grand prize.


Service Project: SEC Food Fight, All Day

Help support the Big Orange Pantry during this year’s SEC Food Fight! Each year, SEC institutions compete in a friendly competition to support each campus’s food pantry. Help UTK beat the SEC and support campus food security! 

  • 1 item = 1 point!
  • $1 = 1 point!

Items can be donated to locations across campus or directly to the Dean of Students (Student Union 383). Monetary donations can be made at giving.utk.edu/foodfight.

For questions, please contact Blake Weiss at blake@utk.edu.


Lunch Break BINGO, 1 p.m. EST
via Zoom | Register for Zoom Link

Take a break and join us for a round of virtual bingo to earn points towards the leaderboard. Our first place winners will receive a mystery prize pack.

Participating in the bingo increases your leaderboard points and gets your family closer to the grand prize.

Register Lunch Break Bingo


Ice Cream Social, 6-8 p.m. EST
Sugar Queen Creamery | 106 E Young High Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920
Registration is encouraged. Walk-ups will be welcomed.

Join the Family Experience team and the Office of the Dean of Students for a sweet treat at a new Knoxville staple, Sugar Queen Creamery. Guests will receive a complimentary voucher. 

RSVP for the Social