Indiana Athletics Mourns the Loss of Bill Cook
April 15, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University Department of Athletics was saddened to learn of the passing of long-time friend Bill Cook, founder of the Bloomington-based medical equipment manufacturer Cook Group Inc., who passed away today at his Bloomington home. He was 80.
Cook and his wife, Gayle, contributed $15 million toward the completion of a new practice facility, Cook Hall, for the men's and women's basketball programs. It was the single biggest donation Indiana athletics has ever received.
Fred Glass, Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics
Tom Crean, Indiana Head Men's Basketball Coach
"Players, recruits and fans will constantly have the opportunity to be blessed by the presence of Cook Hall. We always show them the Bill and Gayle Cook plaques with the names of EVERY COOK EMPLOYEE listed on them. It shows a token of the appreciation of those that worked with them. We never get tired of talking about how special the Cook family is and always will be."
Felisha Legette-Jack, Indiana Head Women's Basketball Coach
Historic $15 Million Gift To IU Athletics Continues Cook's Longtime Commitment To Higher Education
Indiana University President Michael McRobbie and Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced the single largest gift in the history of the department of athletics on Feb. 21, 2010. The Cook Group has made a $15 million gift to the For the Glory of Old IU capital campaign, which will be most immediately utilized to support and enhance the new basketball development center for the benefit of the men and women basketball program student athletes. In recognition of this historic gift, Indiana University will permanently name the new basketball development center "Cook Hall".
>> Read more on the Cook Gift.
As our basketball programs have evolved, so has the need for modern practice facilities. Thanks to the generosity of Bill and Gayle Cook and many other loyal IU fans, alumni, and donors,
Indiana University's Cook Hall is among the finest basketball development centers in the nation.
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