Auburn Spotlight, Julian Petty '09

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"It’s my opportunity to give the Auburn community an experience that is not only fun but also promotes an active and social lifestyle."
Julian Petty '09
Owner, LAF
AUBURN SPOTLIGHT

Spotlight Interview

Auburn University alumnus Julian Petty is bringing life-sized fun to events in Alabama with his company, LAF. LAF—which stands for “learn.active.fun”—offers giant yard games and board game classics that bring oversized fun to old favorites.

Petty, who graduated in 2009 with a wireless engineering degree, is an active-duty Army cyber-warfare officer. He started LAF with a mission of fighting obesity, bullying, suicide, discrimination and violence through social interactive game play.

“Most of my youth was spent outside, whether we were playing basketball, football, baseball or riding bikes,” Petty said. “I feel as if our current societal issues stem from a lack of social interaction. Adults and kids today spend too much of their time online, on the phone or in front of the TV.”

That’s where LAF comes in – to encourage people to interact with one another and have fun doing it.

“I want LAF to be an outlet that encourages interaction, deductive reasoning, team building, non-electronic education, social skill building, cognitive thinking, fun for all ages, while combating childhood obesity and bullying,” he said.

Some of the games LAF offers include Checkers, Jenga, Four Across, Interlocking Blocks, Tic-Tac-Toe, Uno, Chess and Dice.

“As an after school teacher, a group of third graders at Dean Road Elementary taught me how to play chess while I was an engineering sophomore at Auburn University,” he said. “Now it’s my opportunity to give the Auburn community an experience that is not only fun but also promotes an active and social lifestyle.”

Petty operates the business out of Montgomery, where he lives with his wife Carla, and two children, Elijah Alexander and Avery Elise.

For more information, or to find LAF around town, visit the company on Facebook at Lafgamco or online at lafgamco.com.