Centre College recently held a ceremony for the dedication of its newly remodeled David J. Hicks ’91 Practice Center inside the Bowman Gymnasium. The center honors the memory and basketball legacy of Hicks, the all-time leading scorer in Centre men’s basketball history, who tragically passed away last May.
Director of Athletics Brad Fields said the creation of the renovated practice center took an average, unassuming space and turned it into a recruiting “wow” factor.
The renovation included new paint, lights and HVAC system, as well as new baskets and scoreboards. The floors were also redesigned and refinished with Centre branding. In addition, a new practice area was created for the volleyball team by adding another side court.
“This transformation occurred because of generous gifts, which—in the midst of tragic circumstances—underscore the inspiring story of dedication, perseverance and purpose,” Fields explained.
“Hicks was an amazing person,” he continued. “On the basketball court, his prowess was well documented, as he still remains our all-time leading scorer in men’s basketball history with 1,924 career points—more than 25 years later.
“By his legacy passed on in his daughters, in his other family and friends, in the people he was able to mentor, it leaves us all with the gratitude of having had the privilege—even if in some small way—to be connected to him.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
December 6, 2018