Bob Hayes award

Bob Markovich to receive Purdue Calumet award Feb. 9

Purdue University Calumet alumnus and 1970s basketball player Bob Markovich will be honored by his alma mater and the university’s alumni association, Saturday, Feb. 9.

City Councilman

Markovich, a long-time Hammond City Councilman, will receive the Purdue Alumni Calumet/Bob Hayes Alumni Athletic Award at halftime of the Peregrines’ 3 p.m. men’s home basketball game against Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Indiana University-South Bend. The Purdue Calumet women face IUSB at 1 p.m. University Athletic Hall of Fame festivities will take place during the game.

The Purdue Alumni Calumet/Bob Hayes Alumni Athletic Award recognizes former Purdue Calumet athletes and other alumni who have distinguished themselves in an athletics-related manner or in ventures outside of athletics. Hayes, longtime former coach and athletic director, is revered as the father of Purdue Calumet athletics.

Played basketball

Markovich played on Purdue Calumet basketball teams from 1969 through 1973 after graduating from and competing for the former Hammond Technical Vocational High School. At Purdue Calumet, he earned an associate degree in computer technology and a baccalaureate degree in industrial supervision technology.

“When you put forth hard work, good things happen,” said Markovich, who is serving his 26th year on the Hammond City Council. “I was fortunate to grow up, go to school and play sports during the good old days. I had no interest in going away to college after high school. Purdue Calumet was a good place for me.”