Fort Lewis’ first ‘student-athlete’

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Fort Lewis’ first ‘student-athlete’

Ray Dennison, killed playing football, echoes through NCAA history
Fort Lewis A&M’s Ray Dennison in September 1955, shortly before an on-field collision in Trinidad that led to his death. Thirty hours after the hit and after slipping into a coma, he died at a Trinidad hospital. Dennison’s widow was denied death benefits in a foundational case for the NCAA. His involvement as a “student-athlete” was cited, which was one of the early uses of that term.
Ray Dennison Memorial Field at Fort Lewis College.
Ray Dennison

Fort Lewis’ first ‘student-athlete’

Fort Lewis A&M’s Ray Dennison in September 1955, shortly before an on-field collision in Trinidad that led to his death. Thirty hours after the hit and after slipping into a coma, he died at a Trinidad hospital. Dennison’s widow was denied death benefits in a foundational case for the NCAA. His involvement as a “student-athlete” was cited, which was one of the early uses of that term.
Ray Dennison Memorial Field at Fort Lewis College.
Ray Dennison
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