Roman Modrowski to receive Bob Hayes Athletic Alumni Award, Saturday (2/8)

Purdue University Calumet alumnus Roman Modrowski, a sports reporter and Chicago Bulls beat writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, will receive the Bob Hayes Athletic Alumni Award during Purdue Calumet homecoming festivities, Saturday (2/8).

Modrowski, an East Chicago native, will be presented the award by its namesake prior to the 7 p.m. start of the Purdue Calumet vs. Barat College men’s basketball game in the Physical Education Recreation Building on campus. The award goes annually to a Purdue Calumet graduate who has distinguished himself/herself in sports/athletics or another field following his/her Lakers’ playing days.

Modrowski earned a baccalaureate degree in communication in 1986. While enrolled he was active in student broadcasts of Purdue Calumet basketball games. Also during his student days, he began his professional newspaper career at The Times of Northwest Indiana as a part-time sports clerk. He advanced to become a respected sports reporter and columnist. Since moving from The Times to the Sun-Times, he also has covered the Notre Dame football beat.

The award is named after the retired Purdue Calumet coach, athletic director, faculty member and statistician, who served the university and its athletic department for 37 years.

The homecoming day celebration begins at 4:30 p.m., when the Purdue Calumet women’s basketball team hosts Indiana University-South Bend.