For people who were at the University of Alabama in the years around the 1970’s the UAB Beacon Recovery was a large operation run by the University of Alabama itself. The purpose of this facility was to get students to help with rebuilding the campus after one of the most destructive storms ever to hit the state.
The UAB Beacon Recovery was a huge project that lasted several months. It involved hundreds of volunteers including students who had just graduated from high school. During the winter they went out into the forest and worked with local hunters and Indians in order to build houses that would be left behind when the tree fell. There were also teams of construction workers who helped to put together everything that needed to be built up there. As far as construction goes this was an amazing undertaking and it took place for just a few weeks before spring arrived.
The University of Alabama’s football team went through the UAB Beacon Recovery during the spring. This is when the team was in its first year on campus. The University of Alabama football program was really strong so much so that the University wanted to keep it going and build another facility on top of what had already been done. They made it very clear to the University of Alabama Beacon Recovery that if the plan was to be carried out they were willing to provide all of the labor that was required. Many of those involved in the rebuilding of the campus agreed to work for free and did so without any expectations from the university in return.