Seawolf hockey runs in the family and now, thanks to a recent pledge, two of that program’s most ardent supporters have a permanent home in Seawolf Athletics.
In recognition of Chuck and Terry Homan’s generous pledge to Seawolf Athletics, the ice rink at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex was named the Chuck Homan Ice Rink and the box office at the Alaska Airlines Center was named the Terry Ann Homan Box Office.
But the Homan family’s contributions to the program extend much further. If it weren’t for Chuck, both the ice rink—and even the hockey team—may never have happened.
Chuck played a pivotal role in the hockey team’s rise at UAA. Under his community leadership, Chuck and several other local hockey fans successfully petitioned the Alaska State Legislature, the Board of Regents and the UAA administration to construct an on-campus ice rink. His successful effort brought a rink to campus, and allowed for the men’s hockey team to compete as an NCAA sport. In recognition of his efforts, Chuck was named to the Seawolf Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003. He founded the UAA Blueliner hockey booster club and was a member of the Benton Bay Athletic Lions Club. The ice rink he helped build was dedicated in his honor.
Terry, likewise, made a name for herself at UAA. As a longtime employee of Seawolf Athletics, Terry served as ticket manager from 1983 until her retirement in 2002. Along the way, she earned her bachelor’s degree in history and graduated from the university in 1988. In recognition of her service, the box office she once managed was named in her honor.
But the Homans’ attachment to Seawolf hockey extends further still. Two of Chuck’s five children even suited up for the Seawolves. His son, Craig, an acclaimed defenseman, earned MVP honors during the team’s inaugural season in 1979-1980, and was named captain in 1980-1981; he died at the age of 30 after battling stomach cancer. Craig Homan’s younger brother, Chriss, also skated for the Seawolves from 1983-1986, earning the Alice Muff Mewhirter scholarship and Dean’s Cup academic award.
The Homans’ generosity extends far beyond UAA’s hockey program. They worked with development and planned-giving staff to structure their pledge in order to support Seawolf Athletics now and in the future. Half of their generous pledge will benefit the Building Futures fund, with a current gift and annual contributions over the next seven years; the remaining half will be given as part of their estate plan and support the Seawolf Academic Excellence fund.
The Alaska Airlines Center opening and Wells Fargo Sports Complex renovation ushered in a new era for Seawolf Hockey, complete with upgraded training centers and a dedicated team locker room. Chuck and Terry Homan’s dedication and donations to the team will ensure the team program continues to build into the future.
Story courtesy of UAA