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Auburn school district cuts ribbon on newly renovated sports facility

A newly upgraded Holland Stadium in Auburn was shown to the public at a ribbon-cutting Wednesday night.

People of all ages gathered at the event, many of them wearing the Auburn Enlarged City School District's maroon color.

Author and entrepreneur Joe Holland, son of the stadium's Auburn-born namesake, diplomat and educator Dr. Jerome H. "Brud" Holland, asked students in the audience to follow his father's words: "Live Your dreams."

Despite "Brud" Holland being the first black football player at Cornell University, he was not able to become a professional football player because of his race. But he continued to study and blazed an "extraordinary" career for himself, Joe Holland said.

"Brud" Holland's accomplishments included being a U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, a chairman of the American Red Cross, the first black on the board of directors of the New York Stock Exchange and a posthumous recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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