April 13, 2011
Hidden Gems: The Corts Honor Flag
The permanent flag hanging in Thomas E. and Marla H. Corts Arena has a special connection to the facility's namesake. The arena honors Samford University's late president and his wife.
The flag flew over the United States Capitol on Sept. 1, 2008, the 25th anniversary of Dr. Corts’ first day as Samford’s seventeenth president. The flag was secured through the efforts of Samford alumna MaryAnn Buffington Moon, an American government and social studies teacher at Huntsville (Ala.) High School. Mrs. Moon is a 1976 graduate and parent of a Samford pharmacy student.
The flag grew out of a conversation at a Samford basketball game during the 2007-2008 season, the first that Corts Arena was open. Several fans were discussing the need for a permanent flag in the arena, and Samford alumna Carolyn Yeager Robinson, class of 1960, mentioned that her family had secured a U.S. Capitol flag for her father on his birthday. That launched the idea of getting a flag that would have some historical significance for Dr. Corts. Mrs. Moon worked with the office of U.S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., to secure the flag.
The flag was officially unveiled at the Samford-Elon University Southern Conference volleyball match on Oct. 25, 2008.
The Corts Honor Flag serves as reminder both of our nation and of the Samford president for whom this arena is named.
Editor’s note: This is one in a recurring series on “hidden gems” on the Samford University campus.