For the first time in its history, Purdue University Calumet will retire the jersey number of one of its former student athletes-the #14 worn by 1980s, three-time Kodak All-America women’s basketball player and Hammond native Lee Ann DeYoung.
DeYoung, now DeYoung-Slowik, will be honored Saturday (1/27) during Purdue Calumet homecoming festivities, at which she also will receive the Purdue Alumni Association-Calumet’s annual Bob Hayes Athletic Alumni Award. 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 Hayes Award is presented to a former Purdue Calumet athlete or other graduate who has distinguished oneself in sports/athletics or another field following his/her Purdue Calumet years.
Both recognitions will take place during halftime of the Purdue Calumet vs. Illinois Institute of Technology women’s basketball game. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. in Purdue Calumet’s Fitness & Recreation Center.
DeYoung-Slowik earned nursing degrees from Purdue Calumet in 1988 and ’92. As a licensed registered nurse, she worked in health care for 17 years before entering her family’s real estate business in Deerbrook, Wis., where she resides with her husband, Robert, and their three children: Jessica, 7; Katelyn, 4; and John, 2. She also coaches middle school and junior varsity high school girls basketball.
Ironically, her family physician-who delivered each of her three children-is another Purdue Calumet graduate and former teammate, 1989 alumna Vicky Baker, formerly of Hobart/River Forest HS.
“I cherish my entire Purdue Calumet experience-academics and athletics,” she said. “It was special.”
DeYoung-Slowik is Purdue Calumet’s all-time leading basketball scorer-among women and men-with 2,592 points. During her four-year Purdue Calumet career (1984-88), the Gavit High School alumna averaged 24.5 points per game, 11.6 rebounds (1,211 total), 2.5 steals (258) and 1.3 assists (131).
As a sophomore, junior and senior, she was named to the 10-member Kodak Women’s All-America Basketball Team for NAIA institutions. Additionally, she was a three-time NAIA District 21 Player of the Year and an All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference selection.
Purdue Calumet’s homecoming celebration begins at 5 p.m. with an Old-Timers basketball game pitting faculty/staff vs. alumni. A reception follows at 6 p.m. until tip-off of the Lady Peregrines game. Purdue Calumet alumni interested in playing in the Old-Timers game should contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 219/989-2414.
“There is no one more deserving than Lee Ann to be the first Purdue Calumet student athlete to have her number retired,” said Purdue Calumet athletics consultant John Friend, who served as university athletics director during her playing career. “She epitomizes what small college athletics is all about-an accomplished hard-working performer on the playing court and in the classroom.”