Thursday, July 19, 2012
Purdue gets $2 million gift from booster
By Brian Bennett
You think you're a superfan of your team?
Well, odds are you've got nothing on Purdue booster Carl Bimel. He went to his first Boilermakers football game in 1928 and later attended the school in the 1940s. He's been around the program his whole life.
On Thursday, Bimel showed his support by giving $2 million to the Purdue football program. The school said it will name its two outdoor practice fields the Bimel Practice Complex in appreication.
“In my lifetime, I have only had one wife and one football team," Bimel said in a statement released by the school. "My intent with this gift is to do my part to help my team remain competitive in the Big Ten Conference and on the national level."
Bimel, who was born in Indiana but now lives in Cincinnati, retired in 2004 after a 45-year career as a business owner. He was the president and CEO of a construction company in Monroe, Ohio. Purdue says Bimel used to help recruit players to the school before the NCAA passed tougher laws on booster activities. He also endowed a football scholarship in 2004.
And now his name will be associated with the Boilers' practice fields. Now that's a superfan.