A Life Well-Lived; Samford To Honor Shauna Yelton’s Legacy

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – With the support of the greater Birmingham soccer community, our dedicated donors, Samford University, and the Yelton family, Samford Athletics will commemorate the life and legacy of Shauna Yelton with the naming of the Samford Track and Soccer Stadium field in her honor on Friday, Sep. 24 as the Bulldogs open conference play against VMI. Kickoff is set for 6 PM with the dedication ceremony taking place at 5:45 PM.   
 
“I am very thankful for the love and support of this community for our family,” Todd Yelton said. “Shauna was instrumental in the growth and success of the Samford Soccer program, providing unwavering support to the women athletes. I can’t begin to express my gratitude to this university and the individuals who have made Shauna Yelton Field possible. Shauna’s legacy continues to inspire the Samford community.”
 
Shauna Yelton, the late wife of Todd Yelton, Samford soccer head coach, lost her battle to cervical cancer in November of 2015. Shauna was a a proud member of the Samford community, being the former Director of Health Services where she provided care to the campus community and its employees. She was also an avid fan of Samford Athletics, supporting not only the Samford soccer team, but all programs across the board.
 
“Shauna Yelton’s influence can be felt throughout the Samford Soccer program, and we are honored to be able to recognize the impact she had on our community and institution by naming the field at the Samford Soccer and Track Stadium after her,” Samford Director of Athletics Martin Newton said. “It is fitting that this venue will bear the name Shauna Yelton Field, and I hope that this will be a source of pride for not only the Yelton family, but for everyone involved with the Samford soccer program and Samford University.”
 
Her legacy also continues with the Shauna’s House initiative, a yearly fundraising event designed to build transitional homes and/or support structures for orphans in Ukraine and Thailand. Shauna’s heart for orphans grew out of her first mission trip to Ukraine in 2010, where she worked with Lifesong to find safe transitional housing for girls who had aged out of orphanages. After raising over $150,000, the Shauna’s House Charity finished its first project in 2018, building a home for young women in the city of Chernigov in northern Ukraine.
 
Shauna’s House has now expanded its reach to Southeast Asia after partnering with former player, Kim Matthews, who works hand-in-hand with Eden House in Thailand. This home is dedicated to extracting young girls from extreme “at risk” situations. Coach Yelton partnered with Eden House last year to build a sports recreation center to benefit the young girls of this organization.
 
The annual Shauna’s House game will be held on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. as the Bulldogs face Chattanooga to close out the regular season at Samford Track and Soccer Stadium. More information will be available on the event later this month at SamfordSports.com.
 
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