COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of Colorado Colorado Springs supporter Glenn Williams
aims to level the playing field with several gifts he
has made toward UCCS womenâ€™s athletics these past five yearsâ€"including an endowed scholarship for women athletes.
And now, with a gift of a 12-foot-high sculpture that will grace the Four Diamonds Complex on North Nevada Avenue, Williamsâ€™s legacy will be evident not only to his
scholarship recipients, but to thousands who use these athletic fields each year.
Williams commissioned Loveland sculptor Denny Haskew and the National Sculptorsâ€™ Guild to produce this $155,000 bronze sculpture, which will feature a woman shortstop modeled on a former UCCS player.
Williams has similarly donated athletic sculpture to schools such as Eastern Illinois Universityâ€"where he spent his career as a high-ranking academic administrator.
The Glenn D. and Joan R. Williams Endowment for Womenâ€™s Athletics, established in 2007, has already supported UCCS women student/athletes in softball, basketball, and volleyball; he has endowed another fund to support the softball coach position.
is a special friend of the university and our womenâ€™s athletic program,â€ Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. â€œWe are deeply appreciative of his
gifts to UCCS
are all the more remarkable given that his
association with the university began in 1993 when he
first UCCS softball game.
In 2005, he
met softball coach Scott Peterson while attending a UCCS playoff game, and became an enthusiastic supporter thereafter.
Williams credits Shockley-Zalabakâ€™s performance as chancellor as another primary reason for his support of UCCS: â€œShe has done everything right, and I know what it looks like on that side of the desk having been a college administrator,â€ Williams says.
feels strongly about supporting womenâ€™s sports at UCCS. â€œThe least amount of scholarship money is awarded to softballâ€"every other sport gets more than we do.