Bringing history to life

COMMUNICATION: When the Big Rapids Salvation Army received a donation of old photographs of Ferris State University athletes, they knew the best thing for the photographs was to donate them to the Ferris athletics department. Pictured are Chris Vallette, community outreach and development director, and Will Goode, FSU senior advancement officer for athletics. (Pioneer photo/Katlyn Vuillemot)

COMMUNICATION: When the Big Rapids Salvation Army received a donation of old photographs of Ferris State University athletes, they knew the best thing for the photographs was to donate them to the Ferris athletics department. Pictured are Chris Vallette, community outreach and development director, and Will Goode, FSU senior advancement officer for athletics. (Pioneer photo/Katlyn Vuillemot)

 

Big Rapids Salvation Army donates old photos to FSU athletics

BIG RAPIDS — When a local family donated to the Big Rapids Salvation Army, they never imagined a piece of history would be a part of it — history in the form of photographs of Ferris State University athletics many years ago.

“While we were collecting the donations at a home from a local family, we found these pictures in the garage,” said Chris Vallette. “We don’t really know when the pictures were taken, but one of them is a basketball team picture with a date of 1965.”

Out of the multiple photographs, only a few had names and dates making, it hard for Vallette to determine when exactly the pictures were taken.

“We have pictures of wrestlers, basketball players, pole vaulters and so much more,” he said. “I knew if we donated it to Ferris, they would be able to utilize it in a way we can’t.”

Will Goode, FSU senior advancement officer for athletics, and Jon Coles, FSU associate athletic director, met with Vallette to pick up the memorabilia.

“It’s tremendous that the Salvation Army continues to reach out to Ferris athletics,” Goode said. “With the pictures, we will be able to reach out to these athletes, show them these pictures and learn the history behind them. We can bring the pictures to life.”

Although Goode isn’t completely sure what will happen with the photos, he does hope that they can be displayed for the athletes and the community.

“We want these athletes to see the pictures and recapture the passion they had for the sports,” he said.

When Vallette discovered the pictures, he knew donating them to Ferris was the best thing to do.

“The Salvation Army has a great relationship with Ferris athletics and we wanted to give back because of all the things they have done for us,” he said. “It’s a good way for us to say thank you.”

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