E.L. Cord Foundation Receives 2012 Lawlor Award
July 12, 2012
RENO, Nev. - The E.L. Cord Foundation has been named the recipient of the University of Nevada's prestigious Jake Lawlor Award.
The award will be presented Friday night at the 44th annual Governor's Dinner at the Governor's Mansion in Carson City.
The Jake Lawlor Award, named after the former Wolf Pack coach, is given annually to an individual who has demonstrated substantial and exemplary support of Nevada's intercollegiate athletics program over an extended period of time. This year marks the first time that a foundation has been named the recipient in the 33 years that Nevada has presented the Jake Lawlor Award.
"For many years, the University of Nevada has been a fortunate recipient of the E.L. Cord Foundation's philanthropic mission, and over the last 10 years in particular, the Foundation has made a significant impact on the growth and success of the Wolf Pack athletics program," Nevada Director of Athletics Cary Groth said. "There has been no greater impact on the program than the construction of the E.L. Cord Academic and Athletics Performance Complex, a state-of-the-art full-service student-athlete support center that features a fully dedicated academic center, strength and conditioning center and sports medicine center.
"Because of the exemplary support shown and its commitment to the success of Wolf Pack Athletics, we are honored to name the E.L. Cord Foundation as the 2012 Jake Lawlor Award recipient."
Errett Lobban Cord was a builder, creator and innovator, a man who worked 18-hour days, seven days a week, and who took faltering enterprises and breathed new life into them. When he died in January 1974, he left a substantial portion of his estate to fund the E.L. Cord Foundation, which he had established Dec. 4, 1962.
Today, under the leadership of its trustees, Joe Bradley (currently president of the Athletic Association of the University of Nevada), Bill Bradley and Bob Sims, the foundation is responsible for enriching the lives of thousands of Nevadans through its generosity in funding all aspects of nonprofit organizations and worthy causes in the northern Nevada community.
"We, as trustees of the Cord Foundation, are extremely proud of our involvement with the University of Nevada, both on the academic side and the athletics side," Bradley said. "Helping fund the needs of the University fits perfectly with the mission established by Mr. Cord to use his foundation to improve the health, education and welfare of the citizens and organizations of northern Nevada. When we look at the recipients of the Jake Lawlor Award, we are honored to be included with the individuals that have given so much to advance the excellence of the Nevada Athletics tradition."