Local businessman and Berry alumnus Bob Williams and his wife Kay
recently committed $500,000 to help build the new Berry College athletic
athletic field will be named “Williams Field” in honor of the couple, longtime
supporters of Berry’s intercollegiate athletics program. The on-campus facility
will host football, track and field, and lacrosse. So far, more than half of
the current project estimate of $6.5 million has been secured, said Scott
Breithaupt, assistant vice president for campaign and leadership giving. The
field will also be used for the intramural program and larger
events hosted by campus groups and community organizations.
are overwhelmed by the generosity of Bob and Kay. They have been such ardent
supporters of Berry athletics for years,” said Berry head football coach Tony
Williamses hope their gift encourages others to step forward so Valhalla can
become a reality. Bob Williams, who continues a 35-year-run of providing color
commentary for radio broadcasts of basketball games, is a 1962 Berry high
school graduate who played baseball and basketball for the school. He is
excited to foster in future student-athletes the personal growth that helped
him persevere during his career as an auto dealer in Rome.
the time he found out Berry was adding football as an intercollegiate sport,
Williams was very much against it. In the end, it took one man to change his
just Berry people,” he said. “Not only is he teaching them the football side of
it, which is great, but what he teaches them to do in football is going to
carry over on through their work life.”
Berry’s first team – consisting almost entirely of freshmen – struggle against
more experienced competition, the Williamses were impressed by the type of
student-athlete the coaches recruited for Berry’s non-scholarship NCAA Division
play because they want to play, not because they’re getting any kind of
scholarship to play,” Kay Williams noted. “You’ve got to want to do it, in that
For more information go to www.berry.edu/valhalla/.
This gift caps a year of tremendous generosity by the Williamses, whose $1
million in recent commitments includes funding for the new nursing program, two
Gate of Opportunity Scholarships, as well as an additional need-based
scholarship named for their late daughter Ann.