NORMAN — University of Oklahoma Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione announced Friday a major gift to the Sooner softball program from Peggi Welker, who has set up the first-ever scholarship for OU Softball.
The Peggi D. Welker Softball Scholarship Fund will leave an immeasurable impact on the program. Welker committed a major gift to start the scholarship and has included OU Athletics in her estate in an effort to fully endow it.
“I just have a love for the University of Oklahoma,” Welker said. “I think that (head coach) Patty Gasso is exceptional – I just can’t say enough about her. I love her values, morals, coaching ability. She is just a true lady inside and out. I admire her for every quality that is attached to her. I don’t know what else there is to say. I just wanted to do something for OU and I decided that the best thing that I could do was to establish a scholarship for a softball player.
“I hope it carries on into the winning tradition, the morals of the kids that come to school there and play softball,” Welker continued. “I just want it to hopefully maintain the program or even perhaps better it if that is possible.”
A lifelong fan of OU Athletics, Welker has been a Sooner Club member since 2001. She is also a member of the booster clubs for softball (Diamond Club), women’s basketball (Fast Break Club) and rowing (The Oar Society).
Welker currently resides in Pawnee, Okla., after working and living in Houston, Texas, for over 30 years. She is a season ticket holder for softball, women’s basketball and football and frequently makes the trip from Pawnee to Norman.
Welker was recognized for the gift and threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Saturday's softball game against Kansas.