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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Community school opens Clint Stoerner Technology Center

  • Former Arkansas Razorback quarterback Clint Stoerner visited Heber Springs on Friday for the dedication of the Cleburne County Community School's new state-of-the-art technology center, which carries his name.
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  • Former Arkansas Razorback quarterback Clint Stoerner visited Heber Springs on Friday for the dedication of the Cleburne County Community School's new state-of-the-art technology center, which carries his name. Stoerner started an annual charity golf tournament two years ago at the Thunderbird Country Club after meeting with local members Donald Southerland and Eric Johnson, who both played an instrumental role in attracting the former quarterback to Heber Springs. The two tournaments combined have raised over $15,000, allowing the school to fund the project. “At the first golf tournament we raised about $4,800 and though that we bought six iPads for our preschool program,” said Cleburne County Community School Executive Director Terri Renner. “This year we raised $10,300 and with those funds we bought the smart board, we bought the four computers, four iPads and all the computer tables with all the switches and wires to get it hardwired for internet access. My understanding is this will be an annual event,” added Renner. Stoerner is proud to make an impact in Heber. “I feel lucky to be a part of what is going on [here] and be a part of the community. I thoroughly enjoyed the golf tournament, getting everybody together…But them putting my name on the technology center is over the top for me. I've never had anything like that done so it's obviously special. Hopefully, we will continue to grow this thing and move forward,” added Stoerner. Originally of Baytown, Texas, Stoerner said he likes the idea of giving to something that helps children. “Eric [Johnson] and Don [Southerland] came to me about two years ago about doing it and I had always wanted to do my own golf tournament,” said Stoerner. “We came out here and visited the facility and they asked me what I wanted the proceeds to benefit. I said as long as it involved children I was good with it.” During his career at Arkansas (1996-99), Stoerner shattered several single-game and career records. He played in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys from 2000-2003 after setting single game records at Arkansas for pass attempts (52 against Alabama in 1999), pass attempts in a season (357 in 1997), career pass attempts (1,023), career pass completions (528), passing yards in a game (387 against LSU in 1997), passing yards in a season (2,629 in 1998), touchdown passes in a season (26 in 1998), career touchdown passes (57) and consecutive passes without an interception (134). Ryan Mallett and Tyler Wilson have since broken most of Stoerner's records, but he continues to build on his stature in the minds of Razorback supporters around the state. “As a former player I think it's a duty. I don't think it's an option. Just by showing up you can increase awareness, increase the amount of funds raised and I think that's what we owe the state and the university. “Anytime I am asked to help I try to do so and make it a priority. Not only did we put our minds together and put the event together but we participated. It wasn't just me by any means. It was a lot of volunteers that work here at the facility. To me, it's just former athletes doing what they are supposed to do to benefit others,” added Stoerner. Southerland said it wasn't hard to lure Stoerner to Heber Springs. “I sent Clint a text and it wasn't 10 minutes later he said 'Yeah.' We met him in Little Rock and the rest is history.” Former Razorback standouts Matt Jones, Anthony Lucas, Michael Smith and Lucas Miller were among 17 former college and professional players with Arkansas ties that joined Stoerner this year at the second annual tournament at Thunderbird.

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