New arena to include athlete tribute

The new Bank of Kentucky Center scheduled to be built next year will include a more prominent place to display the achievements of Northern Kentucky University Athletics with the David L. Holt NKU Hall of Fame.

Holt’s relatives, the Griffin family of Griffin Industries, headquartered in Cold Spring, will fund the hall of fame with a $250,000 gift. The gift also established the David L. Holt Memorial Scholarship Fund for the athletes in the university basketball programs.

Holt, who died in April of a brain tumor, was active in NKU athletics for the past 20 years. He served as the president of the Norse Athletic Club and was on the club’s board of directors until his death.

“Dave was a first-class individual who was very supportive of our entire athletics program,” NKU Athletics Director Jane Meier said. “It is an honor to have the NKU Athletics Hall of Fame named in his memory.”

The hall of fame was established in 1997 to recognize the achievements of the men and women of the NKU Athletics program. The hall of fame is currently located in the lobby of Regent’s Hall.

Kurt Moeller, the associate director of Intercollegiate Athletics, is looking forward to the hall of fame’s new location.

“The hall of fame will give the athletics department more exposure when the Bank of Kentucky Center is used for outside events (events not related to the university),” Moeller said. “People who normally wouldn’t know anything about the history of NKU athletics will see our history and the accomplishments of student athletes.”