The Lowe’s Campus Captain program offers a platform through which school administrators, parents, students, and school community members can nominate deserving individuals for special recognition monthly during the school year.
Individuals are nominated as a Lowe’s Campus Captain for helping play an integral role in building back sports during the COVID-19 pandemic. These individuals are also nominated for being role models, making a difference in students' lives, exhibiting sound citizenship, excelling in academics/athletics (students), and/or positively impacting their peers. Each recipient receives a commemorative award and Lowe’s Home Improvement gift certificate.
Recipient Michelle Phifer became the interim and then permanent Athletic Director of Union Academy in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Cardinals’ Athletic Program never skipped a beat. Phifer ensured all seniors were recognized individually in place of their senior nights after the cancellation of spring sports, and she organized a virtual athletic banquet. She advocated for the student-athletes when sports were allowed to resume, create and present detailed plans to school administration, and execute them to ensure student-athletes and coaches' safety. She has also checked in on student-athletes through email and phone calls, drops in on practices, and attends games to make sure the student-athletes have a great experience. Under her leadership, teams continued to participate in community service despite the challenges of volunteering during the pandemic. Cheerleading Coach Jennifer Sutton Smith says, “I could go on and on about Coach Phifer’s commitment to Union Academy Athletes and coaches. She is the best Athletic Director.”