NMHU Athletic H Club Update

Gilbert Alvarez, left, Sherryl Humpert and Debbie Jo Almager visit with Highlands President Sam Minner Oct. 6 during the H Club Banquet in the Student Center Ballroom. The H Club inducted Alvarez, Almager and Humpert’s late husband Jerry into the 2016 Hall of Fame.

Gilbert Alvarez, left, Sherryl Humpert and Debbie Jo Almager visit with Highlands President Sam Minner Oct. 6 during the H Club Banquet in the Student Center Ballroom. The H Club inducted Alvarez, Almager and Humpert’s late husband Jerry into the 2016 Hall of Fame.

Homecoming Week was an eventful time for the NMHU ATHLETIC H CLUB.

Since 2014, the H Club has taken on a new role. Besides honoring the University’s outstanding former athletes, the organization has been focused on financially assisting the HU Athletic Department programs – over $10,000 in 2015 – and renovating the Hall of Fame in the Stu Clark Building. We hope to continue growing in memberships and donations. We are now a 501(c)(3). All funds we redirect to the sports program and the Hall of Fame are tax deductible.

As for Homecoming Week, on October 6th, the organization held its annual meeting in the Governance Room in the Student Center and later that evening, held its Hall of Fame banquet. Inductees were Debbie Jo Almager (women’s cross-country), Gilbert Alvarez (football) and Jerry Humpert (baseball). Jerry’s wife, Sherryl, accepted his honor posthumously. Both President Minner and Athletic Director addressed the attendees. And kudos to Aviands for an excellent dinner.

On Friday, October 7th, golf teams were on the Gene Torres Golf Course in support of raising funds for the renovation of the Hall of Fame in the entrance of the Stu Clark Building. The H Club is working in tandem with the the Foundation and the Athletic Department to make this an area that is more attractive and inspiring for guests and potential athletic recruits.

On Saturday, we had our traditional Hall of Honor float in the Homecoming parade.

The University and its sports programs need our help. The football field turf needs to be replaced. The RMAC says we can’t play on it next year unless it is replaced. The track is not in good shape either. Our organization is very small, so we are unable to financially help with these endeavors. But, please reach out to HU to help with this project. We need to replace the turf to protect student athletes from injury and give HU the athletic status it not only needs, but requires.