Each time George Caspermeyer returns to Pepsi Arena, it's like coming home.
Actually, it's more like he has never left.
For more than 60 years, he hasn't.
The Quincy University athletic department honored one of its most faithful and loyal fans Thursday night, presenting Caspermeyer with a signed commemorative basketball before the QU men played host to Wisconsin-Parkside in Great Lakes Valley Conference action. Caspermeyer has attended QU basketball games since 1955 and has been a presence at other QU sports during 63 years of devotion to the school.
He and his wife, Judy, have four grandchildren who have graduated from QU. That list includes Brandon Ley, who was a member of the QU baseball team from 2012-16 and was a first-team All-GLVC pitcher his senior season, and Kelsey Ley, who was a four-year starter on the QU softball team from 2012-15.
In celebrating Caspermeyer's longevity as a fan, the Hawks brought back representatives from each of the seven decades he has watched the team.
That list included Dick Thompson (1950s), George Meyer (1960s), Bill Dorethy (1970s), Mike Elbe (1980s), Kevin Reller (1990s), Bryan Feldner (2000s) and Justin Brock (2010s).
QU coach Ryan Hellenthal presented Caspermeyer with the signed ball, and former QU coach and current vice president of intercollegiate athletics Marty Bell was part of the ceremony.