CONTACT: ANDY PIRO
Director of Development
UI Foundation News
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973
Release: Oct. 29, 1999
Endowed scholarship in UI wrestling honors Manchester
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The late John and Dorothy Sill,
longtime avid fans of Iowa wrestling, have immortalized their support for
the program with a fitting legacy -- an endowed scholarship for a UI wrestler
excelling in athletics, academics, and citizenship.
The Sills provided the endowment in a generous estate
gift to the University of Iowa Foundation.
Bob Bowlsby, University of Iowa mens athletic
director, says the scholarship is an appropriate tribute to two outstanding
Hawkeye wrestling supporters. "John and Dorothy Sill were a part of Iowa
wrestling for more than 30 years," he said. "This scholarship in
their name frees up valuable resources for Coach Jim Zalesky and his staff
to use in other vital ways to maintain the Iowa wrestling tradition that was
so important to the Sills."
Coach Zalesky agrees. "Endowed scholarships are
increasingly important in todays athletics. Its a great honor
to have the Sills scholarship because they meant so much to the Iowa
program over the years," said Zalesky. "They were there ever since
UI wrestling started on the rise."
John Sill, an Iowa native and successful insurance
agent who died in 1989, was president of the Delaware County I-Club and for
years helped host the annual Iowa wrestling banquet in Manchester. His son
Duane Sill of Manchester, who earned his undergraduate degree at the UI in
1972 and an MA in education at the UI in 1973, reports that his father never
missed home wrestling meets and in 20 years missed only two NCAA national
tournaments because of illness.
Dorothy Sill was also a fervent fan and carried on
the tradition, attending the national tournaments to cheer on the Hawkeyes
each year until her death in May 1999 -- a run of almost 30 years.
The Sills considered the Iowa wrestlers members of
the family and often kept in touch with them for years after the wrestlers
graduated. To the Sills, performance in meets was only part of what made an
outstanding athlete. To reflect that sentiment, the John H. Sill Award is
given in their honor each season to the "most dedicated wrestler -- on
and off the mat."
Duane Sill says his parents intended the new scholarship
to honor the same values.
The first recipient of the John and Dorothy Sill Wrestling
Scholarship is Gabe McMahan, the starter at 174 pounds.
The Hawkeye Visions Endowment Program seeks to endow
scholarships for all the starting positions in mens and womens
athletics at Iowa and secure a strong and competitive future for University
of Iowa sports.
For more information about how to establish a named
scholarship, contact Andy Piro, the University of Iowa Foundations director
of development for intercollegiate athletics, at (319) 335-3305 or toll-free
at (800) 648-6973.
The University of Iowa Foundation is the preferred
channel for private support to all areas of the UI. Foundation staff works
with alumni and friends to support scholarships, facilities improvements,
professorships, research funds and other projects.