Purdue Athletic News: John Purdue Club introduces the Lamar Lundy League to further recognize capital gift support

Lamar Lundy receives 1955 Purdue football Most Valuable Player award from Jack Mollenkopf (left) and Guy Mackey (right). By Unknown author – 1957 Debris (Purdue University yearbook), page 284, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Lamar Lundy was a two-sport star at Purdue and the first African-American student-athlete to receive a football scholarship at the university. Among his many notable accomplishments as a Boilermaker, he earned recognition as an All-Big Ten student-athlete and was honored as MVP for both the football and basketball programs.

In an effort to honor Lundy`s legacy, the John Purdue Club will now recognize its most generous donors as members of the Lamar Lundy League. This newly established group will acknowledge JPC members who support Purdue Athletics above and beyond their annual membership with gifts $250,000 or more over a five year period. Benefits associated with the Lundy League encompass experiences such as personalized Lundy League credentials with game day access to areas of Ross-Ade Stadium and Mackey Arena – including the Ross-Ade Stadium Pavilion, pre-game Rohrman Field access, and access to the premium Spurgeon and Wooden club spaces during basketball season. Benefits also include, but are not limited to, exclusive travel experiences to future games in Los Angeles, Hawaii, and elsewhere with Boilermaker teams.

“Lamar Lundy was a Purdue Athletics pioneer who exhibited excellence in all he did,” said Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director and Associate Vice President for Development, Tim House. “As we thought about how to recognize supporters who continue that tradition of excellence and transformation, it was obvious there is no more fitting namesake. Simply put, Purdue Athletics is the organization that makes us all proud today because of Mr. Lundy`s decision to become a Boilermaker seventy years ago.”

A gifted and versatile athlete, Lundy went on to be drafted by organizations in both the National Football League and National Basketball Association. He ultimately chose football and excelled throughout 13 seasons in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams as a member of their famed “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line. Lundy is one of only two athletes to be enshrined in both the Indiana Basketball and Indiana Football Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995.

To learn more about the Lamar Lundy League, visit this site, call 765.494.2582, or email the John Purdue Club at jpc@purdue.edu. If you are already a JPC member, please contact your personal Boilermaker Athletics Representative directly.