WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Wake Forest University Athletics Department today announced plans in which the Demon Deacon teams will honor the memory of Arnold Palmer.
Palmer passed away on September 25 at the age of 87. The seven-time Major championship winner played his college golf at Wake Forest, winning multiple Southern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA championships.
All competitive athletic fields, including those at BB&T Field, Spry Stadium, Kentner Stadium, David F. Couch Ballpark and the Joel Coliseum, will have Palmer’s distinctive multi-color umbrella logo on or near the playing surface. Other venues that will have the umbrella logo include the Wake Forest Tennis Complex, the Indoor Tennis Center, the Cliff Neal Throws Area and the Arnold Palmer Golf Complex.
Tonight, we grab a can of Arnold Palmer tea and toast The King, the greatest Deacon of them all. pic.twitter.com/fgVhsRzapT
— Wake Men’s Golf (@WakeMGolf) September 28, 2016
All athletic teams will sport a logo honoring Palmer on all jerseys.
The Demon Deacon football team will have a helmet sticker honoring Palmer.
The Wake Forest football team will carry a flag bearing the umbrella logo when it takes the field for all remaining football games.
When Wake Forest hosts Syracuse in football at BB&T Field on Saturday, Oct. 8, a special pre-game recognition will be held to honor Palmer.
At the Syracuse game, Wake Forest invites fans to sign a large banner that will be presented to the Palmer family at a later date. The banner will be available for signing behind the McCreary Video Board.
Palmer received much recognition on campus during his life. There is one statue on campus of Palmer, and it is located at the Arnold Palmer Golf Complex. There is an Arnold Palmer Dormitory on campus. Annually, Wake Forest’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year is recognized with the Arnold Palmer Award. And the University’s Traditions Council annually sponsors Arnold Palmer Day on Thursday of Masters Week where the student body is served complimentary Arnold Palmer beverages.