KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame (MSHOF) will present the prestigious Gerald R. Ford Award Kathy Beauregard to Western Michigan University Athletic Director on Friday, Oct. 5 at 11:30 a.m.
Named for the former President and Hall of Fame member, the award will be presented at a luncheon event to be held at the Fetzer Center on the campus of WMU. Longtime Bronco radio voice Robin Hook will serve as the emcee and former Bronco quarterback Tim Hiller will deliver the keynote speech. Hall of Fame Advisory Board Member and former Piston head coach Ray Scott will help present the award. For the first time since its inception, the award will be presented as part of its own event.
Created in 1995, the Gerald R. Ford award is presented to a deserving member of the sports community who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, vision and has made significant contributions in sports or sports related fields, enhanced the image of sports and whose business activities have improved the quality of life for the people of Michigan. Past Ford Award recipients include such luminaries as Roger Penske, Dennis Archer, Peter Karmanos, Mike and Marian Ilitch, J.P. McCarthy and Tom Wilson and Marty Allen.
“We are thrilled to honor a sports activist the stature of Kathy Beauregard,” said HOF Executive Director Jim Stark, who will also help present the award. “Her leadership skills are legendary as she has helped develop the WMU sports programs into a model not only for our state, but the entire country.”
“I’m proud to be able to take part in the ceremony honoring Kathy,” said Scott. “She has set a great example of how an athletic director can help drive a sports program to tremendous success – both on an off the field.”
Tickets for the presentation luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m with a special reception honoring Kathy, are $25 each or a table of 8 for $175, and are available on the Hall of Fame website at michigansportshof.org.