The Youngstown State football program will wear a sticker with initials "FW" on their helmets throughout the season in honor of Frank Watson, a key figure in the creation of Stambaugh Stadium and the WATTS, who passed away earlier this month.
Mr. Watson was the driving force behind many academic and athletic endeavors at Youngstown State University and his behind the scenes help has allowed the university to grow immensely over the years. He was life-long YSU Penguins fan and watched many games from the families loge in Stambaugh Stadium.
One of his greatest dreams was realized when he served as the Campaign General Chairman of the YSU's Stambaugh Stadium, an all-sports Complex, a committee which helped raise $16 million for the athletic facilities at the university. In addition to the Sports Complex, Frank and Norma have contributed over $3 million toward the Recreation Center on the YSU Campus, the indoor training facility appropriately named the WATTS – Watson and Tressel Training Site, and most recently the Frank and Norma Watson Student Success Center at YSU.
"Mr. Watson was a tried and true YSU sports fan and his support was appreciated through the years," Head Coach Bo Pelini said. "We are honored to wear his initials on our helmets during the season."
In lieu of flowers, material contributions to honor Frank can be made to: The YSU Foundation, The Frank and Norma Watson Student Success Center, 655 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44502; or The Canfield United Methodist Church, Trustees Maintenance Fund, 27 S. Broad St, Canfield, OH 44406