Release Date: Oct. 31, 2008
Regents Name ASU Sports Complex for LeGrands
In recognition of Dr. Robert and Jean Ann LeGrand’s ongoing support of Angelo State University Athletics, Texas Tech University System regents Friday, Oct. 31, voted to rename the university’s Multipurpose Sports Complex as the “LeGrand Sports Complex.”
The most recent athletic gift from the LeGrands came in June when they donated $200,000 to purchase a new scoreboard and to make improvements to the sports complex before ASU hosts the NCAA Division II Track and Field Outdoor Championships May 21-23.
That gift followed by six months a $1 million pledge establishing the Robert and Jean Ann LeGrand Endowment for ASU Athletics. The endowment, to be paid out over five years, provides revenue to be spent at the discretion of the ASU athletic director in support of Ram and Rambelle sports and may be used for scholarships, equipment and other needs.
In announcing the decision, ASU President Joseph C. Rallo said, “By their longtime support and their monetary gifts, Bob and Jean Ann LeGrand have recognized the value of ASU athletics to the total university experience as well as to the San Angelo community. It is appropriate that we now recognize them by renaming the sports complex in their honor.”
ASU Athletic Director Kathleen Brasfield said, “Bob and Jean Ann’s support of our programs and student-athletes extends beyond the financial commitment they have demonstrated. Their attendance at our competitions, their commitment to providing opportunities for young men and women, and their belief in the values taught by athletic participation are appreciated by coaches and student-athletes at Angelo State. The LeGrands truly make a difference for all of us and for Angelo State University.”
In preparation for the 2009 D-II Track and Field Championships, the LeGrand gift will purchase a $108,000 Daktronics scoreboard for the sports complex. The 21-foot tall, 16-foot wide, electronic scoreboard is designed specifically for track and field with a clock display and 11-foot tall video display capable of posting lanes, names, places and times for various events.
The remainder of the LeGrand gift will be used to do track repairs, resurfacing and repainting so the running surface will be in prime condition for the national meet.
The LeGrand Sports Complex includes a 400-meter track with 200-meter straightaway plus throwing and jumping areas. The facilities also include a full press box and grandstand seating for 3,000 spectators.
Next year’s national championship meet will mark the fifth time ASU has hosted the D-II national meet. Previously, ASU hosted the D-II championships in 2002, 1992, 1991 and 1988.
The recent gifts to athletics are just the latest in a series of major donations the LeGrands have made to the university over the last decade. Those gifts include a $1 million endowment to provide academic scholarships to graduates of high schools in 77 different West Texas communities where residents had been patients of Dr. LeGrand. In 2002 the LeGrands also donated $500,000 to the ASU Alumni Association to conclude the fundraising campaign for the alumni center which today carries their names.
Mrs. LeGrand is a San Angelo native. She attended ASU, being named homecoming queen in 1971 and receiving her nursing degree in 1972. She has been an active supporter of ASU, serving as a board member of the ASU Foundation and Angelo State Athletic Foundation. She has also served the ASU Alumni Association as board member and is currently chairman emeritus of the association.
A native of North Carolina, Dr. LeGrand moved to San Angelo in 1976 as the city’s first permanent neurosurgeon. Since his arrival in West Texas, he has treated more than 40,000 patients at all three local hospitals. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University and received his medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He served as an Air Force flight surgeon from 1970-72, including a year of duty in Vietnam where he received two Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Air Medals and a Bronze Star.