BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Tim and Sarah Ford have been named WKU’s Philanthropists of the 12 months for 2020 for his or her beneficiant help to many areas of the college, together with to the athletic division.
The Fords had been acknowledged for this yr’s honor Saturday throughout WKU Soccer’s house victory over Southern Miss.
“Tim and Sarah Ford are the type of lively and engaged philanthropists that personify the WKU Spirit,” WKU President Timothy C. Caboni stated. “Their devoted philanthropy and numerous hours of volunteerism have opened doorways and offered our Hilltoppers with alternatives they in any other case wouldn’t have had. We’re extremely grateful for all that they do for our college students and for WKU.”
The Fords help WKU Athletics and the Hilltopper Athletic Basis in honor of Tim Ford’s time on the soccer group (1979-81) and the various distinctions he earned on and off the sphere. In recognition of their help, the Tim and Sarah Ford Energy and Conditioning Heart at Houchens-Smith Stadium was renamed of their honor.
Most not too long ago, the Fords made a big reward to the Tops Collectively Restoration Fund, an initiative to offer emergency philanthropic help to WKU Athletics to assist offset bills associated to COVID-19. The Tops Collectively Restoration Fund helps student-athletes and the mission to proceed profitable championships and competing on the highest stage.
“The popularity of Sarah and Tim Ford as WKU’s Philanthropist of the 12 months is most deserved,” WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart stated. “They really care in regards to the well-being of our student-athletes and workers, and their kindness, generosity and compassion are making a big affect on the lives of our soccer gamers in a number of methods each day. We worth the particular relationship we have now with them, and their dedication to WKU Athletics is actually appreciated.”
“I wish to congratulate Tim and Sarah on this award,” WKU Soccer head coach Tyson Helton stated. “They imply a lot to our athletics program and to our college, and what they’ve offered has been such a blessing to all of us.”
After transferring from the College of Tennessee, Tim Ford got here to the Hill in 1979 and excelled instantly, selecting up All-Ohio Valley Convention First Staff honors in 1979 and Kodak/American Soccer Coaches All-American First Staff honors in 1980 when he led the Hilltoppers in complete tackles (111). For all of the success of his first two seasons, Ford’s biggest was but to return as he earned CoSIDA Tutorial All-American First Staff accolades in 1981, nonetheless certainly one of simply six Hilltoppers – solely the second on the time – to earn the excellence. His 171 profession assisted tackles are at the moment eighth all-time at WKU. He was inducted into the W-Membership Corridor of Fame in 1999 and was named to the WKU Soccer All-Century Staff in 2018.
The Fords additionally help different areas at WKU. In 2018, they established the Brett Ford Scholarship to profit college students pursuing a level in Particular Schooling in honor of their son, Brett, who has particular wants.
The Fords, who’re Lifetime Members of the WKU Alumni Affiliation, are acknowledged for his or her annual and cumulative giving to the college. Tim Ford, who labored within the oil trade as a petroleum geoscientist for greater than 30 years, is semi-retired. The Fords, who’ve two sons, stay in Franklin, Tenn.
Earlier recipients of the WKU Philanthropist of the 12 months Award are George and CJ Nichols, Laura Dugas, C.M. “Invoice” Gatton, Linda and John M. Kelly, Houchens Industries Inc., Dale Augenstein, Dorris “D.B.” and Lula Burchett, Dixie and Pete Mahurin, Rick and Ann Guillaume, Donald J. and Jennifer Waddle Greulich, Suzanne Vitale, Jerry E. Baker, Lowell Guthrie, Bud Layne, Don S. Vitale, Leon Web page, Gordon Ford, and Raymond B. and Hattie Preston and the Preston Household Basis.