Loras College student-athletes and teams that call the Rock Bowl home as well as the greater campus community will enjoy an elevated game-day experience courtesy of the new videoboard, made possible by the generous gift from John (’65) and Charlotte Gavin and the Class of 1965. The addition of the 18-foot by 26-foot display, ranked among the ten-largest in Division III, provides the opportunity to play live video during athletic competition and campus events and display high-quality image.
John Gavin graduated from the college with a degree in political science and was a member of the 1989-1998 Board of Regents before becoming a Regent Emeritus in 1999. He and his wife, Charlotte, married in 1966 and have six children, three of whom have continued the Duhawk legacy. The Gavins have provided multiple financial aid scholarships to offset costs for current and prospective students in addition to donating funds for the past 15 years to help children attend Loras Sports Camp. They have also been instrumental in funding multiple campus athletics projects to enhance the student experience at Loras including the Athletic & Wellness Center.
Planning for the videoboard began in 2018 and the leading commitment of $250,000 from the Gavins helped the project become a reality. The Class of 1965 helped fund the remainder of the costs in 2019 and construction began in November of 2020.
“It is an honor for us to give back to an institution that has provided us with so much,” John Gavin said. “We are pleased to be able to make a gift that will enrich the experiences of students for years to come. Having the support of the Class of 1965 makes it all the more meaningful.”
The videoboard will serve the football, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s track and field and women’s lacrosse teams for the home events and showcases digital scoreboard templates designed for each sport. It will also be used by the Loras student development office for student centered events located in the Rock Bowl. The videoboard, powered via Daktronics technology, boasts top-of-the-line sound and visual displays. The project came to life with the collaboration and work of the college’s physical plant, athletics department and representatives from Daktronics.
“We are grateful to the Gavin family for helping us make this happen; the videoboard in the Rock Bowl Stadium is a wonderful addition to the center of our campus,” said Director of Athletics Denise Udelhofen (’90/’92). “The goal for the project was to have an adaptive videoboard and scoreboard for our different sports. It affords us the chance to create an amazing experience through live video feeds, enhanced sound and creative opportunities for our student-athletes and fans and touches six programs within Loras athletics. We are also proud to say we have the ninth largest videoboard in Division III athletics.”
The videoboard was active for its debut event when the women’s lacrosse team played host to Augustana College on Wednesday, March 3.