On Saturday, Jan. 16 the Luther College athletics department recognized Kent Evenstad, Luther College class of 1957, for his generous leadership gift that helped purchased an indoor LED video display board and statistic panels with electronic captions to enhance the existing scoreboard in the Regents Center gymnasium.
The Norse Athletic Association, formed in 2007 to meet the increasing costs associated with running an NCAA Division III athletics program, provided additional funding support. The video display and statistic boards were installed in early September.
Kent and his son John, Luther College class of 1988, were recognized for the financial gift at halftime of the men's basketball game versus Coe College.
When asked what prompted this leadership gift, Kent explained: "My son, John and I were both on the Luther basketball team for four years. When it was time to think of giving back for our wonderful years at Luther, the decision to make this gift in support of Norse athletics was an easy choice."
Kent not only played basketball while at Luther, he also ran track while earning his degree, majoring in mathematics and minoring in education, physical education and economics.
After Luther, he had a successful career as an educator in Wisconsin and also coached basketball, baseball and football. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997, and served as an executive board member of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. He received a Distinguished Service Award from Luther in 2002.
“We are extraordinarily grateful to Kent for his generosity to Luther College and the athletic department," stated Luther College president Paula Carlson. "His lead gift, joined by contributions from the Norse Athletic Association, exemplifies how donor support at all levels is key to making projects a reality."