Thursday, July 2, 2009

Bob Horan III Earns Ferris' Pete Peterson Pride Award

Horan III, a loyal supporter of the Bulldogs, is honored by Ferris

BIG RAPIDS - Bob Horan III has been chosen as recipient of the FSU Athletics Department's annual "Pete Peterson Pride Award" for the 2008-09 athletics season.

Horan, who currently is in his sixth year as general manager at Babb Ford Sales Inc. in Reed City, Mich., has been a loyal supporter of Ferris State University and Bulldogs Athletics for over 20 years. He's the 21st individual to receive the "Pete Peterson Pride Award" since its inception following the conclusion of the 1981-82 athletics season.

"It's a honor to accept this award because I'm a true Bulldog and want to help in any way possible," said Horan III. "The University provides us (the community) with a lot of cultural activities and I believe it's imperative we show our support."

The Pete Peterson Pride Award is named in honor of former Ferris State Athletics Director and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Commissioner Pete Peterson (1964-79). The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated loyalty and unselfish support of Bulldog Athletics. The award, which was reinstated following the 2002-03 athletics season after a seven-year absence, recognizes outstanding service and support from those outside the athletics department staff. Coaches and athletics department staff nominate individuals to be considered which are selected from alumni, community members, university faculty or staff member, and a fan. A committee from the administration staff of intercollegiate athletics, as appointed by the athletics director's office determines the award recipient.

Horan III, a Ferris State graduate, has been actively involved in the Ferris State Athletics Coaches Car program by donating vehicles to various Bulldog athletics programs over the years to assist in their recruiting. As a result, the FSU Athletics Department has saved substantial monies throughout the years. Horan III also has supplied a truck for hauling of equipment to and from the various athletic venues.

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