Oct. 12, 2012
Gopher Athletics will celebrate the generous donors to its endowed scholarship program and the nearly 200 student-athletes who be will honored as the recipients of these scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year at the Golden Gopher Fund Annual Banquet Sunday night in the DQ Club Room at TCF Bank Stadium.
Mike Grimm, the radio voice of Gopher football and men's basketball, will emcee the event, and former Gopher basketball stars Quincy Lewis and Kelly Royslandwill discuss what these scholarship opportunities mean for student-athletes with director of athletics Norwood Teague.
Special recognition will also be given to the recipients of the annual Legacy Scholar-Athlete Awards and the Director's Award. Mia Tabberson (Volleyball) and Troy Larson(Baseball) will be honored as the 2012 recipients of the Patty Berg Legacy Scholar-Athlete Award and the Henry Williams Legacy Scholar-Athlete Award, respectively, while Andrea and Ken Hjelm of Minneapolis will be honored with the 2012 Director's Award.
The scholar-athlete awards serve to carry on the legacy and names of Patty Berg and Henry Williams, and to honor student-athletes who exemplify the core values of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics. An honoree must be on a full or partial scholarship, preferably in their senior year, and on track to graduate. In addition, these student-athletes should have demonstrated both academic and athletic success, and have displayed the core values of pride, personal integrity, respect for human dignity, and loyalty. Tabberson and Larson have proven themselves to be excellent examples of student-athletes who possess these core values.
The Director's Award was established in 2002 as a way for the director of athletics to recognize external leaders for their outstanding generosity, service, and commitment to the Gopher Athletics and its student-athletes.
The Golden Gopher Fund Annual Banquet provides donors with an opportunity to see, firsthand, the impact they have on Gopher student-athletes' lives, and also gives the student-athletes a chance to meet the individuals who financially support their athletic scholarships. All endowed scholarship student-athlete recipients, head coaches and administrators are invited to the banquet each year along with donors who give $10,000 or more to athletics annually, and those who have given $5,000 or more to a specific endowed scholarship.
The banquet will also recognize the critical initiative called FOREVER GOLD, which strives to endow all student-athlete scholarships. Fully endowed scholarships established as of July 1, 2004, or later are recognized at the following levels. Click on each link to see this year's student-athlete recipients.
The Golden Gopher Fund is expecting more than 450 people to attend this year's event.