Martin Chaves Lifetime Achievement Award

Martin Chaves Lifetime Achievement Award 

The annual Martin Chaves Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by OSU Athletics to individuals who have made outstanding lifetime contributions to OSU Athletics. Chaves was a four-year letterman who was the captain of the 1942 Rose Bowl team. A former president of the Beaver Athletic Student Fund, he was influential in various fund-raising activities. 


Congratulations to the 2021 Martin Chaves Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients Kate, ’83, and John Stirek, ’82 


As third-generation Beavers whose eldest daughter is an OSU alumna, the Beaver spirit is the tie that binds the Stirek family. Amid the challenges of the pandemic, the Stireks stepped up to help establish a permanent source of support for students facing unexpected challenges: The Dean of Students’ Emergency Fund. Additionally, John chaired the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees and serves on the College of Business Dean’s Circle of Excellence and Development Committee, and the Athletics Leadership Advisory Committee. The Stireks have helped secure funding for the completion of Reser Stadium and its elevation to a national best-in-class football facility, with year-round programs and facilities for all students, faculty and staff. 

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Previous Award Recipients

2000 - Bert Babb
2001 - Paul Valenti
2002 - Sue Poorman
2003 - Dee Andros
2004 - Nat Giustina
2005 - Bob Butler
2006 - Bob Riggert
2007 - Bob Loomis
2007 - Roy Gaussoin
2007 - Bud Ossey
2008 - Al & Pat Reser
2009 - Bud Gienger
2010 - Helen Hansen
2011 - Norb Wellman
2012 - Joan & Ken Austin
2013 - Kenneth Noteboom 
2014 - Steve Preece 
2015 - Bernie & Sue McGrath 
2016 - Gerald and Sue Vickers  
2017 - Steve and Marian Bailey  
2018 - Bill and Gail Case  
2019 - Mike and Carmen Cutting  
2021 - John and Kate Stirek