But their support of ASU athletics goes well beyond just attendance. At Ram Jams, Belles softball games and other events, you can follow your nose over to their massive barbecue grill and probably score a tasty free meal, especially since Rams football games moved on campus in 2014.
“That really opened up the Ram Jams at the LeGrand Alumni Center,” Len said. “We have a big cooker, and the director, Kimberly Adams, said they’d really like to have us there. She made it easy to take part.”
“We’ve also traveled with some of the teams,” Jaxine added. “We’ve even been to Cowboys Stadium several times to cook for them. It’s just fun. There’s camaraderie with the people you meet and those that are part of our cooking group. We love doing it, we love the kids and love just being a part of it all.”
And athletics are not the Bolings’ only connection to ASU. Len was a student in 1977-79, and Jaxine is a long-time staff member. Both of their sons and their sons’ wives are alumni, and their late daughter, Janna, worked in the Registrar’s Office.
For their unbreakable bond with ASU and passionate support of ASU athletics, the Alumni Association has named the Bolings its 2017 Honorary Alumni.
We do it because we love to do it. We love to be around the kids and support ASU.
“It’s nice, but we don’t support athletics for any recognition,” Jaxine said. “We do it because we love to do it. We love to be around the kids and support ASU.”
“We like to cook,” Len added, “and doing what you like to do while also helping out somebody else is pretty cool. Everybody has some skill they could use to help the university, whether you donate a big check or just cook a little pulled pork now and then.”