A big weekend in Blacksburg just got even bigger!
Virginia Tech Athletics announced this morning a series of events slated around and during the Notre Dame game this Saturday, October 6, to salute the legacy that Frank Beamer has left on Virginia Tech as well as his lasting contributions to the game of college football.
A first-ballot selection to the College Football Hall of Fame, the game’s most prestigious honor, Beamer and the rest of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 will be officially enshrined in December. The term “Beamer Ball” became synonymous with Virginia Tech’s innovative approach on special teams as Hokies rose to national prominence thanks in large part to their ability to consistently make game-changing plays in the kicking game.
Revered by his coaching peers across the country and adored by Virginia Tech fans for his success and his humility, Beamer’s contributions to his alma mater have gone far beyond the football field. A 1969 Tech graduate, his care and compassion following the tragic events of April 16, 2007 on the Virginia Tech campus served as a model for all Hokies to emulate as a grieving community healed and recovered.
Beamer has long embraced the university’s spirit of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) and has enthusiastically supported philanthropic efforts across the region for decades. The son of a school teacher, one of the causes closest to Beamer’s heart is Herma’s Readers, a program named after his mother that provides books and other resources in an effort to promote literacy throughout Southwest Virginia.
A member of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, Beamer was recently named the 2018 recipient of the Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award. Beamer will officially accept this latest honor in January celebrating his contributions to the game over three decades and his longstanding commitment to education and preparing student-athletes to be leaders in their communities.
Tribute to Beamer to be unveiled on Moody Plaza – Southeast corner of Lane Stadium adjacent to Beamer Way:
At 4:45 p.m. (approximately three hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff), a monument celebrating Coach Beamer will be unveiled at Moody Plaza, located on the Southwest corner of the Lane Stadium footprint adjacent to Beamer Way. Fans and members of the public are encouraged to attend. Unlike other monuments honoring iconic figures, this tribute to Coach Beamer will be devoid of any pedestal and will be very approachable just like the man who was taught the values of hard work and loyalty on his family’s farm in rural Hillsville, Virginia.
Beamer’s coaching likeness will be accompanied by a bench where admirers can easily take a photo or spend a moment reflecting on their favorite Virginia Tech moment. Moody Plaza is already a popular gathering spot on campus and will provide additional reason for Hokies of all ages to congregate here. “We are all in this together,” has always been a favorite mantra of Coach Beamer, and no doubt he would be pleased that this location would continue to bring the Virginia Tech family together.
Financed by private gifts, no University funds were utilized for this tribute to one of Virginia Tech’s most beloved and recognizable graduates. Noted sports artist, sculptor and painter Tom Gallo of Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina was commissioned to create this life size bronze figure. Casting, finishing and installation will be performed by Carolina Bronze Sculpture of Seagrove, North Carolina.
Miniature replicas of the monument will be available to the first 5,000 fans who enter the gates for the Notre Dame game, provided by Virginia Tech football partner, Coca-Cola. Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis with one replica per person. Gates open two hours prior to kickoff.
Photo credit: Dave Knachel, Virginia Tech Athletics