Kelvin Sampson Returning to the Campus of Montana Tech

Kelvin Sampson Returning to the Campus of Montana Tech



On Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18, Coach Kelvin and Karen Sampson will return to Butte and the campus of Montana Tech. On Friday evening, they will be honored at a private fundraising event and auction. On Saturday, the couple will enjoy a Digger tailgate and will set their eyes on the Kelvin Sampson Court for the first time since its construction in 2007.

On Friday evening at the fundraising event and auction, Kelvin will announce the creation of The Kelvin and Karen Sampson Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will assist the Montana Tech men’s basketball program with current and future scholarship needs. During the auction, an oil painting of Kelvin, by local artist, Mike Hamblin, will be auctioned.

On Saturday, Digger Athletics will host a tailgate party for all current and former student-athletes, friends, and fans. Kelvin and Karen will be the special guests at the tailgate, which begins at 4:00 pm on the parking tiers at Montana Tech. Everybody is invited to attend the tailgate prior to the Orediggers’ game against the Rocky Mountain Battlin’ Bears. To open the game, Kelvin will assist with the coin toss.

"Kelvin and Karen are great friends and supporters of Montana Tech and Digger Athletics," explained Joe McClafferty, Montana Tech Athletic Director. "Kelvin understood long ago that to achieve success you must have First Choice student-athletes. We are excited that Kelvin and Karen are returning to view the Kelvin Sampson Court and to continue to help guide the Diggers to success."

Kelvin has a rich coaching history. He led the Diggers to victory from 1981 to 1985. After his time at Tech, Kelvin went on to coach at Washington State University, the University of Oklahoma, and Indiana University. During Kelvin’s time at Oklahoma, he was National Coach of the Year and he took his team to the Final Four. Currently Kelvin serves as the assistant coach of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association.

"The men’s basketball program is very thankful to Kelvin and Karen for their continued support of Montana Tech Athletics," said Aaron Woliczko, head men’s basketball coach. The Kelvin and Karen Sampson Endowed Scholarship Fund will help our program tremendously with the money it generates. Their endowment will support our efforts to bring in the highest quality students and basketball players. Personally, my family and I look forward to meeting such a legendary basketball coach and supporting this endowment in any way we can."

If you wish to make a donation to The Kelvin and Karen Sampson Endowed Scholarship Fund, please call the Montana Tech Foundation at 406-496-4233.