June 11, 2000
NAADD Selects 1999-2000 Awards Recipients
ORLANDO, Florida --The Officers and Executive Committee of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) have selected their award recipients for the 1999-2000 year.
Award recipients include Harold Alfond, retired (University of Maine) as the University Division Donor of the Year; Bronce Henderson, CEO and principal shareholder, D.C.T., Inc. (Michigan Technological University) as the College Division Donor of the Year; Kay Kustanbauter, executive director, Nittany Lion Club, Penn State University as the University Division Fund Raiser of the Year; Owsley Brown Frazier, vice chair, Brown-Forman Corporation (University of Louisville) as the University Division Volunteer of the Year; and Brian Thompson, Team AGGIE Board, University of California-Davis as the College Division Volunteer of the Year.
The awards were presented today at the NAADD/NACMA Awards Luncheon held during NAADD's seventh annual Workshop at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida.
NAADD is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities, enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics, and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of athletics development and fund raising.
NAADD is administered by NACDA, which is now in its 35th year. NACDA serves as the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference commissioners at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Throughout its series of management seminars, clinics and workshops and publication of the bi-monthly magazine Athletics Administration, NACDA offers educational opportunities to its members. More than 1,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA operates the Sears Directors' Cup program, which honors the all-sports champion in each of the NCAA Divisions--I, II and III--and the NAIA, for a total of four trophies.
A brief biological sketch of each of the inductees follows:
NAADD University Division Donor of the Year
Harold Alfond's generosity is known throughout New England and spans several institutions. Alfond, the former owner of Dexter Shoe Company, contributed $3.1 million to build the Harold Alfond Sports Stadium at the University of Maine and $1.7 million for a new gym and recreation center at St. Joseph's College (Maine), which houses the Harold Alfond Student Center. Colby College has also been a recipient of Alfond's kindness, boasting the Harold Alfond Athletic Center and the Harold and Bibby Alfond Residential Complex. Alfond, a trustee at Rollins College in Orlando, Florida, from 1977-83, established the Alfond Athletic Scholarship and contributed $3 million towards a new pool, boathouse, football stadium and gym which are named after Alfond and his son.
Alfond has not only contributed to college athletics, he has also pledged $5 million to the Good Will-Hinkley Homes for Boys and Girls and another $4.5 million to the Alfond Youth Recreation Center in Waterville, Maine. Additionally, Alfond donated $2.5 million toward an osteopathic medical school building at the University of New England, more than $2.5 million to the Two-Ten International Footwear Foundation, which provides job re-training and scholarship assistance to out-of-work shoe employees. Upon receiving an award from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame in 1995, Alfond summed up his philanthropic giving best when he said, "If you think what I've done so far is impressive, just watch me."
NAADD College Division Donor of the Year
Bronce Henderson has maintained close contacts with Michigan Technological University, his alma mater, through his current service on the Michigan Tech Board of Control. He is also a charter member of the Tech Football Advisory Council, established last year to engage alumni in supporting Michigan Tech football. Before the program began, annual support was less than $100,000 for scholarships and other entities. The Football Advisory council established a $2 million endowment, as well as annual support for equipment, travel, etc., and scholarship endowments. Henderson personally committed $1 million to the program. The gift includes $200,000 to be used for physical plant improvements, coaches' training and other program enhancements and $800,000 as a start on this $5 million endowment. His donation is the largest single gift to an athletics program at Michigan Tech.
NAADD University Division Fund Raiser of the Year
A member of the Penn State University athletics staff for close to 30 years, Kay Kustanbauter was appointed executive director of the Nittany Lion Club in 1989. As executive director, Kustanbauter has the principal responsibility for the management and coordination of all Nittany Lion Club fund raising undertakings including overseeing the annual membership campaign, developing new programs and coordinating chapter events and related activities. She also solicits major gifts for the university's "Grand Destiny Campaign," a capital campaign to raise more than $1 billion. In 1998-99, she was directly responsible for raising $8.7 million for Nittany Lion Club and was also instrumental in raising an additional $13.2 million in major gifts for athletics. Only the second executive director of the Nittany Lion Club, Kustanbauter joined the athletics staff in 1971. She joined the Penn State staff in 1965, working in the dairy and food science department for six years before moving to intercollegiate athletics. She then served as coordinator of the Nittany Lion Club and athletics public relations.
NAADD University Division Volunteer of the Year
As both a volunteer fund raiser and a donor, Owlsey Brown Frazier has helped the University of Louisville and its athletics programs. He has personally contributed a minimum of $10,000 per year during the past 20 years as his annual gift to the Cardinal Athletic Fund. Frazier has also given $450,000 for the football stadium and $31,200 for scholarships. As the vice chair of the Brown-Forman Corporation, Frazier has provided $860,000 to the football stadium, $10,000 to Cardinal Park, $17,850 for scholarships and $750,000 to the business school. In addition to his financial contributions, University of Louisville Athletics Director Tom Jurich convinced Frazier to head the fund raising campaign for Cardinal Park, a capital project to improve varsity facilities. In this role, he has helped raised $24 million to date. Frazier has served as president of the University of Louisville Associates, which later became the Cardinal Athletic Fund. He has also served as a member of the university's Board of Overseers.
NAADD College Division Volunteer of the Year
Supporting the University of California-Davis athletics for more than 17 years, Brian Thompson has traveled coast-to-coast and logged numerous miles on road trips. As a booster, Thompson has attended nearly every home and away football and men's basketball game since the early 1980s. He and his wife, Audrey, are looked on as adopted parents of the softball team and, at last year's Aggie Auction, purchased the women's crew oar to hang in his office. He knows most of the coaches and student-athletes, as well as their parents, of all 23 sports. Thompson is a TeamAGGIE board member and has served two terms. He chairs the Parents' Committee and is a team captain for the annual Team AGGIE fund drive. He recruits and coordinates volunteers to help solicit and always volunteers to be part of the "mop-up" team that calls missed potential contributors after the drive is over. Thompson has also helped reduce the Aggie marching band travel costs by distributing company discounts, setting up paid appearances and providing soft drinks at every football and basketball game.