Spirit of VMI Award Presented to Bouis '67 and Costen '70
October 25, 2011
The Keydet Club is proud to announce that Paul Bouis ’67 and Ralph Costen ’70 were presented with the Keydet Club’s highest honor, The Spirit of VMI Award.
The Keydet Club is proud to announce that Paul Bouis ’67 and Ralph Costen ’70 were presented with the Keydet Club’s highest honor, The Spirit of VMI Award. The presentation took place at halftime of the October 15, 2011 VMI victory over Charleston Southern, on beautiful Parents’ Weekend.
In presenting the Awards, Bill Paulette ’69, President of the Keydet Club board said, “Paul, very few alumni and fans are as engaged as you are with the VMI Football team and the VMI and Track & Field and Cross Country programs. Despite traveling the long distance from your home in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, your love and support of our teams and the countless cadet-athletes whose lives you have touch, reinforces the Spirit of VMI. Your financial generosity through the athletic scholarship endowment you created in memory of your late wife Nancy Peterson Bouis, as well as your generous annual support of the Keydet Club Scholarship Fund and Athletic Operations Funds, has been critical to the Keydet Club’s effort to assist with the funding of VMI’s Division I athletic program”.
Of Costen he remarked, “Your more than 25 years of continuous service on the Keydet Club Board of Governors is without a doubt a record! Having served as a board member, a long time member of the Executive Committee, as the President of the Board and now as the board’s Historian, you have been a major catalyst in the Keydet Club’s growth from a $600,000 annual athletic fund raising organization to one that has raised of over $3.5 million recently. Very few colleges and universities in the country can boast of such unbelievable growth and support, especially considering the small size of the VMI family. Your family’s generosity in providing VMI’s Cameron Hall with a quality basketball floor, known today as Costen Court, and your very generous annual support, continues to inspire those who witness your dedication for VMI and its athletic program. Your leadership, passion, generosity and guidance has certainly benefited the whole of VMI.”
The Keydet Club is very appreciative of the support and generosity demonstrated for decades from these gentlemen. Without supporters like Paul Bouis ’67 and Ralph Costen ’70, the VMI Keydet Club would not be able to provide the support needed for VMI’s Division 1 athletics program.