Trophy case dedication highlights OU athletics history, donor support
Three new trophy cases in Dorough Fieldhouse were officially dedicated on April 22, as part of the Alumni Weekend festivities. The trophy cases were made possible through donations from supporters of Oglethorpe athletics: Bo Holland and Susan Soper ’69; Fred Ackley ’68; and Peter and Barbara Howell.
When visiting campus several years ago, Holland, who has been a supporter of the OU men’s golf team through his affiliation with Peachtree Golf Club, asked to see the trophies from the two NCAA Golf Championships and those of the other championship teams at Oglethorpe. Coach Jim Owen says that at that time, the trophies were spread around campus because space was limited in the existing trophy cases, and the number of team accolades was growing.
Holland and his wife Susie Soper, who is a former OU staff member and trustee, felt they could help with that dilemma and made a commitment to fund the first of three new trophy cases to house championship trophies, even selecting the prominent location at mid-court in the gallery.
Ackley, who had an exceptional experience as a student-athlete at Oglethorpe, valued the personal and intellectual freedom Oglethorpe afforded him. He played soccer at OU initially, but found his passion in the riflery team, becoming team captain, and found a mentor in rifle coach Chief Sewell P. Edwards. He too saw a need to highlight the accomplishments of the OU athletic teams and donated to support a new trophy case. These new conference championship trophy cases will now free up space to display some of Ackley’s own awards from the 1960s.
“Together, these three generous donations have combined to fulfill the collective vision of a space to highlight Oglethorpe’s championship trophies,” said Director of Athletics Todd Brooks. “We are proud of our teams’ conference and national championships and grateful for this prominent new space to properly showcase these awards and honor the incredible achievements of our student athletes.”