The University of Wisconsin Division of Intercollegiate Athletics offers an opportunity to become part of the tradition of historic Camp Randall through its personalized Hall of Fame brickwalk terrace , where Badger fans can be immortalized right alongside Badger greats like Bob Johnson, Alan Ameche, Al Toon and others.
There are as many reasons for UW alumni and friends to purchase a Hall of Fame brick as there are bricks. They are used to recognize the education received at the UW, to honor or memorialize loved ones and to support the Athletic Department. The brickwalk has raised more than $500,000 for student-athlete scholarships through the purchase of more than 4,600 bricks that commemorate both famous athletes and loyal Badger fans.
Bricks are often used to memorialize someone special, said Nancy Eifert a development assistant in the Badger Fund who coordinates the brickwalk. Every brick has its own story.
David Padget (94 BBA) has been a fan of UW sports since he came to campus 16 years ago. He has been a UW volunteer for more than a decade and currently serves as the president of the UW Actuarial Alumni Club and a director of the Wisconsin Alumni Association-Houston Chapter. He has three $1,000 bricks that acknowledge his feelings about being a Badger. His personal brick states: In recognition of the superior education and unforgettable memories I obtained while at the University of Wisconsin.
I have always appreciated how the high-quality education I received at Madison enabled me to have a successful life in the corporate world, said David. The brickwalk was a nice way to blend all those ideas into physical print, through the purchase of bricks for myself and the alumni groups to which I belong. In addition, my employer's gift-matching plan doubled those gifts, which is just too good a deal for a financial alumnus to pass up.
Vanessa Rubenbauer lost her parents in a tragic car accident and felt they would have wanted to be remembered as the Badger fans they were. Their brick reads, In loving memory of Butch and Mary Schmidt, Love, your Friends and Family July 10, 2005.
Phil Best loved Badger sports and once lived in a trailer on the grounds of Camp Randall while attending graduate school. Dr. Jane Best purchased a brick as a memorial for her father, and the brick reads, In loving memory of a wonderful teacher, Phil Best. 1918-2006. Because Phil also loved nature, the family made a gift to the UW Arboretum in his name.
Another memorial brick purchased by long-time Badger fan Adeline Longfield honors her husband, Frederick Longfield Jr. `Fritz 1926-2004, Loyal Badger fan cheering from above. On Wisconsin! Adeline has held onto her football season tickets and refers to them as her golden nuggets.
Trent (93 PHM) and Jessica Zeitler have attended both home and away football games for more than 10 years, and have been season ticket holders for two years. Their nine-year old daughter, Zoe, is also a Badger fan and goes with her parents and grandparents to the games. Trent and Jessica wanted to honor Randy and Julie Johnson, Jessica`s parents, whom they attend the games with, by giving them a brick in the brickwalk. They were very clever with the space allowed on the $500 brick that reads, LUVFTBLSATS. AREWETHEREYET
Steven Collins wanted to acknowledge and commemorate a special occasionhis father, Luke Collins, was being inducted into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame. Luke Collins UW52, National W Club Member, Track Team Captain, Big Ten 440-yard Champion, Madison Hall of Fame, From Your Loving Family.
Entire families are also have been recognized. One father/grandfather ordered 16 $100 bricks to recognize each member of his family. The bricks are all located together in one section.
To date, the brickwalk has raised more than $500,000 to support student-athlete scholarships and more than 4,600 bricks immortalize the famous and the not-so-famous Badger fans. Click here for a commemorative brick order form .