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$250K gift supports Marty Holly Athletics Center

The co-chairs of the steering committee raising funds for The College of Idaho’s reinstated football program have given a $250,000 gift to help build the new Marty Holly Athletics Center, now under construction on campus.

The gift from C of I alumni John and Linda Bequette, announced during the Nov. 4 naming of the new $4 million facility, follows the couple’s earlier $150,000 donation to help the College reinstate its football program.

“The time is right for there to be a building on campus named after Marty Holly,” said Linda Bequette. “He’s given so much of himself. There isn’t a person who’s attended this College or been associated with this College who doesn’t appreciate Marty and whose life hasn’t benefitted from knowing Marty.”

The Marty Holly Athletics Center, which is being built at Symms Athletic Field on campus, is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2014 and will provide training and support facilities for all Coyote student-athletes.

C of I President Marv Henberg said that Holly, who earlier this year was named the Cascade Conference Athletic Director of the Year, has helped the College achieve excellence across all sports during his 33 years of service. 

“Marty Holly has dedicated a tremendous amount of energy to making sure our student-athletes enjoy success in competition while also getting a great education,” Henberg said. “It’s fitting for his service to be recognized with this naming and I believe that the Bequettes’ gift will inspire other alumni and friends whose lives have been touched by Marty.”

The Bequettes’ additional $250,000 gift helps match an anonymous $1 million challenge gift for the Marty Holly Athletic Center.

“We hope that other alumni, fans, community neighbors and friends of The College of Idaho will join us in matching this $1 million challenge and help achieve our fundraising goals for this new facility,” Linda Bequette said.

Ongoing construction will complete Phase I of the Marty Holly Athletics Center. Phase II of the project will add a $1.2 million Outdoor Education Center to bolster the College’s programs for all students to enjoy the outdoors and develop an appreciation for nature. More information about the Marty Holly Athletics Center is available at www.collegeofidaho.edu/footballcampaign.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.