Aug. 19, 2004
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
The University of Louisville Athletic Department has honored longtime friends and supporters Bernard and Jean Trager with the Hickman-Camp Award, the deparment's highest award it bestows, at the Athletic Director's 50 Yard Line Dinner on August 18 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
"The Tragers have been a big part of our growing success for many years and we are proud to be able to recognize them with this award," said Tom Jurich, U of L Vice President for Athletics. "Bernard and Jean's generosity to this university has been overwhelming. Their commitment to Cardinal Athletics has provided many opportunities for the entire U of L community."
Bernard Trager is Chairman and founder of Republic Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of Republic Bank & Trust. He is an adopted alumnus of the University of Louisville, where he is a member and former Chairman of the Board of Overseers.
Bernard and Jean Trager donated $1 million to build the field hockey stadium at Cardinal Park that bears their name. They also recently gave the lead donation for the Trager Center, an indoor practice facility for football and other sports programs which is currently in early development stages. The Tragers, have two children and five grandchildren.
"The commitment the Trager Family has made to the University of Louisville is incredible," said U of L head football coach Bobby Petrino. "Their generous gift toward the indoor facility enables us as a football program to compete with anyone in the country. They've meant a lot to me in my brief period here at U of L, and I'm very grateful for the commitment they've made to the university and our football program."
"The Tragers are such deserving recipients of this award," said U of L field hockey coach Pam Bustin. "We are fortunate to have them as friends and supporters of our program. They have helped us make great strides towards national prominence in the past few years. Because of their support, we play on one of the finest field hockey fields in the nation, and were able to host the Mid-American Conference Championship in 2001 and the NCAA championship in 2002."
The Hickman-Camp Award, which bears the names of legendary Cardinal head coaches Bernard "Peck" Hickman and Frank Camp, is given annually by U of L to the person or persons who have provided special service in support of Cardinal Athletics. The recipients also are acknowledged for exemplary leadership, loyalty and dedication in assisting the development and advancement of the athletic department.
As a token of the department's appreciation, the Tragers will receive the Hickman-Camp Pin made of 14 karat gold and holding a pair of diamonds in the neck of the bird and a ruby in the eye. The diamonds represent the two U of L coaching greats for which the award is named while the ruby represents the honoree's burning desire and dedication to Cardinal Athletics.
Previous Hickman-Camp Award Recipients
1986 Otto Knop
1987 Charlie Bryant
1988 Mary Klemm
1989 Dr. Ben Reid
1990 Tom & Blanche Carroll
1991 Sam & Bonnie Rechter
1992 no award given
1993 Malcolm Chancey
1994 Lewis "Sonny" Bass
1995 Blanche Kitchen Brewer
1996 no award given
1997 Mike Brown
1998 Harry & Nancy Jones
1999 Owsley Brown Frazier
2000 Lance Gremillion
2001 Eddie Morris
2002 Sam and Barbara Swope
2003 Jewish Hospital - Hank Wagner
2004 Bernard and Jean Trager