Former Northwestern State football player Bryant Lewis and his wife Heloise have made another six-figure gift to support NSU Athletics through the Demons Unlimited Foundation.
They donated property to the DUF, which then realized a net gain of $118,000 from a sale.
The proceeds are being directed toward NSU Athletics’ annual scholarship fund, to support football recruiting, and to fund a long-planned renovation of the N-Club Hall of Fame display in Prather Coliseum, said NSU director of athletics Greg Burke.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis made a $500,000 gift in 2015 which supported extensive renovations at Turpin Stadium, including replacing original chairback seating with all purple chairs featuring fan-friendly amenities.
“The Bryant Lewis family is appreciated for its continued, generous support that will better position our athletic program for success,” said Burke. “There is a tremendous amount of momentum for our university right now and that, in turn, provides an opportunity to better solidify the athletic foundation. The key to doing so will be continuing to secure contributions from alumni and friends.”
The gift will help underwrite annual fund expenses which support the athletic department budget that includes scholarships and other essential operating costs.
Some of the gift has been designated to support recruiting efforts for Demon football under the leadership of new head coach Brad Laird.
Another portion of the funds will help NSU Athletics modernize the N-Club Hall of Fame display, honoring the greatest competitors in school history while commemorating significant achievements through more than a century of competition.
A link (http://www.nsudemons.com/sports/2016/4/5/facility-enhancements.aspx) provides conceptual images of the renovations and other NSU Athletics facilities projects in development.
Burke expressed gratitude to NSU Foundation executive director Drake Owens for helping facilitate the legal aspects of the latest Lewis gift.
Donations of all sizes provide vital, continuing support to NSU Athletics.
The goal is to grow the DUF endowment, through outright donations or deferred gifts, over the next five years from the current $1.8 million level to over $5 million. So far, gifts have come from former athletes and their families, supporters of the university and most notably, iconic retired president Dr. Randy Webb and his wife, Brenda.
The program is separate from the efforts to supplement the annual budget for the athletics program with donations, corporate partnerships and special fund-raising events.