Hy Popuch Award
Hy Popuch Background & Criteria
In 1954, the Marquette University M Club decided to present an award annually to someone who has demonstrated loyal and dedicated service to Marquette athletics over a long period of time. The honor was originally named The Man of the Year Award and was renamed following the inclusion of women to the Marquette University Athletics Program in the 1970s.
The award is named for Hy Popuch, a former M Club president and recipient of the M Club Man of the Year Award in 1974. The award name changed from "Man of the Year" to the "Hy Popuch Award" to honor Hy who died at the age of 73 March 16, 1984 of a stroke. The First recipient of the Hy Popuch Award was former Marquette University Athletics Director, Hank Raymonds, who received the award in 1987.
Hy epitomized what service and loyalty to Marquette athletics is all about. If there was some athletic related activity going on in this area, Hy was always there to run it, arrange for banquets, donate trophies, plaques, etc.
He graduated from Marquette in 1943 after having earned varsity letters in tennis and football. In addition to his activities for Marquette, Hy was inducted into the Jewish Community Center's Athletic Wall of Fame in 1968 for his many community services. He was also named Man of the Year by the Wisconsin Independent Schools Athletic Association for his sponsorship of youth athletic teams and banquets that he spearheaded over many years.
Hy also received the Marquette Metropolitan Area Award, the Jerry Lewis Award for work against Muscular Dystrophy and the Certificate of Achievement Award from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department.
Hy Popuch Recipients
1954 - Ernie Kukla