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Gifts totaling $250,000 to support football

July 18, 2012

Three long-time supporters of The College of Idaho have made gifts totaling $250,000 to support the reinstatement of the College’s football program.

John and Linda Bequette, co-chairs of the steering committee that is raising funds for football, have contributed $150,000 toward the effort, while Bernie McCain, who with her late husband Warren McCain provided many generous gifts including the College’s McCain Scholarships, has made a $100,000 gift.

College of Idaho President Marv Henberg said the funds will go toward construction of a new athletics and outdoor education center. The center will house the football program and provide a sports medicine clinic, weight room and an outdoor education center that will be used by all C of I sports teams and the general College community.  New men’s and women’s locker facilities also will be located inside the new facility. 

“Between these handsome gifts and the leadership John and Linda are providing to the fundraising campaign, there is no doubt in my mind that we are on track for an August 30, 2014 kickoff for Yote football in Simplot Stadium,” Henberg said.

Linda Bequette, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, and John Bequette, who played football at the College during the 1970s, are excited to see football returning to campus.

“Football was an important part of my experience at The College of Idaho and we look forward to seeing more young people get a great education and play a sport they love at the same time,” John Bequette said.

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 six 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