On Friday, Nov. 9, a “Forever First” banquet was held in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center for members of UIW’s first football squad. The event honored the 48 players who were on the field in 2009 for the first game against Monterrey Tech and who played out their collegiate eligibility at UIW. They included members of the inaugural recruiting class of 2008, the signing class of 2009 and transfer players.
A crowd of nearly 200 attended the dinner including most of the players along with family and guests. UIW President Dr. Louis J. Agnese and Head Coach Larry Kennan spoke before the players were introduced.
Prior to the dinner, the players gathered in the Benson Field House to meet and greet and to sign a large poster which is displayed outside of the locker room entryway. An official plaque was also dedicated to the players at the event and is on display in the Benson Field House.