Plenty of homecoming love
On one hand, this year’s Valentine’s Day campus homecoming celebration,
Feb. 14, had nothing to do with feelings of love and romanticism, and on the other hand, it had everything to do with those feelings.
During a day filled with festivities and basketball, the 1995-96 women’s basketball team was inducted into the Purdue Calumet Athletic Hall of Fame. That team remains the only hoops squad in PUC history to have qualified for the NAIA national tournament.
Returning to campus to be honored were all but two of the student-athletes from a squad that compiled a 27-5 record and sprinted through the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference season unbeaten. They brought their families, they reminisced, they each received a Hall of Fame plaque, they gathered at a reception to listen to Athletic Director Bob Bunnell discuss expansive PUC athletic plans for the future. They even posed for another team picture (see flip side of this page).
All the coaches were present, too-head coach Gary Hayes, who achieved success coaching men’s and women’s basketball teams at the high school and college levels, beaming while introducing his former
players during the induction ceremony.
Also in the building that day was another blast from Purdue Calumet’s athletic past. Rod Weingart, a 1973 graduate who starred on soccer and baseball teams then nicknamed the Pipers, was joined by family and former teammates for an afternoon during which he received Purdue Calumet’s annual outstanding athletic alumni award named after one
of his former coaches, Bob Hayes.
It was a day in which the sports “war” stories were non-stop, filled with laughter, and impeccably recalled – several exaggerations and a downright lie or two notwithstanding.
Blood, sweat & more
It’s the verbal fodder of former teammates and a by product of their never ending bond. Blood and sweat experiences from an athletic battlefield never cease to be precious.
Purdue Calumet’s Valentine’s Day homecoming celebration was indeed a romantic occasion of lovingly linking a proud past with an appreciation-filled present – complete with friends, loved ones and an alma mater that remembers.
Where was the love? It filled the gym.
Editor & Asst. Vice Chancellor of University Relations
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