Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Steinke Statue to be Housed on Campus

KINGSVILLE - February 18, 2014

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Featured (L-R): City of Kingsville Mayor Sam Fugate; Texas A&M University-Kingsville President Steven Tallant

Officials at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and the Texas A&I Alumni Association have reached an agreement that will bring a statue of legendary football coach Gil Steinke to campus. Under the agreement, the Texas A&I Alumni Association will donate the statue to the University. In turn, the University will pay up to $70,000 to develop the plans for the statue, prepare a foundation, and for general contract work required prior to installation. 

“I am so pleased that we could reach this agreement with the Texas A&I Alumni Association,” said Dr. Tallant, President of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. “We look forward to unveiling the Steinke statue on campus and we appreciate the efforts of everyone who helped make this happen, especially Dick Watson and Kingsville Mayor Sam Fugate. These two men worked diligently on every detail to make sure this day would come, and we certainly appreciate their efforts.” 

The statue of Steinke will be placed in a prominent location in the Javelina Stadium complex and will be a stand-alone display. Preliminary plans call for the statue to be in place prior to the start of football season in fall 2014.

Mary Steinke, wife of the legendary coach, said she is excited that plans are moving forward. 

“We appreciate all of the parties represented here today:  Dick Watson, who acted as the fundraiser and worked with dedication to help Armando Hinojosa, the artist, design a statue which all who knew Gil would recognize; the Texas A&M System and Dr. Tallant, who showed support for a man they had only heard of, but knew represented the past, the present, and the future of this strong university; Sam Fugate, major of Kingsville, who finalized the dream,” she said. 

As part of the agreement, the Texas A&I Alumni Association will sell engraved pavers for placement around the statue site. In addition, up to six benches may be sold. Profits from the sale of pavers and benches will be deposited into a scholarship account through the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation. The fund will be called the Texas A&I Alumni Association-Gil Steinke Scholarship Fund, and scholarships from the fund will be awarded by the Texas A&I Alumni Association.

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