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Wake Forest to recognize Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer's multi-colored umbrella logo will be displayed on all of Wake Forest's playing surfaces. Courtesy of Wake Forest Athletic Department

Wake Forest will recognize the late Arnold Palmer throughout this school year, as the Demon Deacons will have the golfer’s multi-color umbrella logo on or near all of their playing surfaces.

Additionally, all Wake teams will sport a logo on their jerseys honoring Palmer, with the football team also having a helmet sticker for the seven-time major champion. The football team will carry a flag with the umbrella logo as it takes the field for each remaining game this season.

The Deacs on Saturday are playing their first home football game since Palmer passed away on Sept. 25 at the age of 87. A special pregame recognition will be held for Palmer at BB&T Field before Wake hosts Syracuse, and fans will be invited to sign a large banner that will later be presented to the Palmer family.

Palmer played his college golf at Wake and is recognized throughout the campus in a number of ways. There is only one statue on campus and it bears Palmer’s liking, located at the Arnold Palmer Golf Complex. There is an Arnold Palmer Dormitory, and the school’s male student-athlete award is named for Palmer. There is also an Arnold Palmer Day on the Thursday of masters Week, with the school’s traditions council serving complimentary Arnold Palmer drinks.