The AK-OLDIES is an alumni spirit group that was formed independent of the University. Its name was modeled after The University of Akron's student fan club known as the AK-ROWDIES.
The ROWDIES was created in 2005 to serve as the official wild and crazy student cheering section. Soon after its inception, talk among the alumni faithful began. At first, the idea was nothing detailed; just discussions amongst fellow alumni about how exciting it might be if they too had their own official spirit group.
The idea came in the spring of 2007 after the Mid-American Conference Championship basketball game.
Over the Spring and Summer of 2007, two alumni decided to take these concepts and form them into something tangible. After discussions with the ROWDIES and notifying the U of A Alumni Association and Athletic Department, the group was formed.
Before long, the AK-OLDIES name was adopted. Hats and t-shirts were designed and printed at a cost to its members. On August 19, 2007, the AK-OLDIES launched its inaugural membership drive on the club's Web site, http://www.akoldies.org/.
The AK-OLDIES is excited to support the University and its athletic program, in addition to promoting fellowship within the alumni community and friends of The University of Akron.