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Gage leaves lasting impact on Western athletes

by Karmen Dowling | December 22, 2010

Gage leaves lasting impact on Western athletes
The late Bob “Scoop” Gage

The late Bob "Scoop" Gage continues to impact sports at Western, with one final gift to his beloved second home.

The $1-million bequest from the long-time London Free Press sports reporter will support current and future generations of Western student-athletes. Known as the “dean of amateur sports reporters in Canada,” Gage covered the Western Mustangs during his 33-year career with the Free Press. He passed away in 2009 at the age of 89.

“Few people can equal the great professional and personal contributions to athletics and to student-athletes made by Bob Gage,” says Thérèse Quigley, Director of Sports and Recreation Services at Western and a former volleyball standout, who was interviewed by Gage during her playing days.

The new gift will be endowed at Foundation Western to generate annual support for the J.P. Metras Sports Museum, and the Bob Gage Athletic Leadership Awards. Valued from $1,000 to $3,500, these awards will be available annually to first-year students participating in basketball, track and field, men’s squash and football.

A member of Western football’s Wall of Champions, men’s basketball’s Hall of Honour, Track and Field Hall of Fame and ‘W’ Club Hall of Fame, Gage previously donated $57,000 to Western to support the construction of the Michael Kirkley Training Centre in the J.W. Little Building at TD Waterhouse Stadium. The Bob Gage Weight Room in the centre was named in his honour. Gage also established several endowed funds during his lifetime in support of athletic awards and contributed regularly to the Adopt-A-Mustang program. His total giving to Western over the years totals almost $1.2 million.

“His work as a journalist serves as an historical archive in Canadian sport, with volumes of stories about Western athletics and student-athletes,” add Quigley. “And now the Bob Gage Athletic Leadership Awards will build on his legacy and help us attract and support top student-athletes, foster their leadership abilities, and build strong, competitive teams.”

This article appeared in the Winter 2010 edition of Impact Western
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