At a special ceremony held on the football field prior to Notre Dame’s Sept. 25 night game against league rival Loyola, William Kozyra, chair emeritus and current member of the school’s Board of Trustees, was honored for his many contributions to Notre Dame, and specifically for providing a major portion of the funding for the field's new artificial turf. (Video below.)
In remarks during the ceremony, Notre Dame Vice President Andy Guest said the school was grateful for Kozyra’s dedication to Notre Dame and its students.
“Earlier this year,” Guest said, “we initiated an aggressive project to re-carpet the field we are now standing on. Bill graciously agreed to underwrite a major portion of the funding, making the new field you see tonight possible for the thousands of students who compete on it on an almost daily basis, and for those who will compete here well into the future.”
While Kozyra’s family looked on, senior captains of the Fighting Irish football team presented Kozyra with a specially designed, hand-framed photo of the newly carpeted field.
NDPMA President Fr. Leon Olszamowski, s.m., said he was eternally grateful to “Bill Kozyra, to whom this Alumni Field was originally dedicated several years ago.”
Athletic Director Betty Wroubel added that she is continually amazed by the generosity of members of the Notre Dame community to make improvements like the field turf happen. “The benefits and impact on our student body cannot be measured.”
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Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. The school's upper division enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower divisions enroll students in jr. kindergarten through grade eight. All three divisions are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at www.ndpma.org.