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For Immediate Release
March 28, 2019

Purdue University Fort Wayne Basketball Standout Honored by City

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—One of Purdue University Fort Wayne’s student-athletes received an honor today that few other people will ever experience.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry proclaimed Thursday, March 28, as John Konchar Day to recognize the dazzling performance of a star student-athlete during his years at Purdue Fort Wayne—and especially during this past basketball season.  

“John Konchar has been a tremendous representative of Purdue Fort Wayne through athletics and academics and has achieved milestones accomplished by a select few in the history of college basketball,” said Henry.

The official proclamation reads, in part:

WHEREAS, John has achieved milestones accomplished by a select few in the history of college basketball, including being the first player in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 500 assists, and 200 steals in a career; and

WHEREAS, John has been All-Summit League First Team during the last four seasons and is Purdue Fort Wayne’s career leader in points and rebounds; and…

WHEREAS, the successful seasons the Mastodons basketball program has experienced in recent years speaks volumes about the positive impact they continue to have on Fort Wayne.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, THOMAS C. HENRY, Mayor of the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana, do hereby proclaim March 28, 2019, as JOHN KONCHAR DAY.

Konchar was surrounded by his parents, teammates, head men’s basketball coach Jon Coffman, other student-athletes, Chancellor Ron Elsenbaumer, and city employees in the ceremony in the mayor’s office. “This is an amazing honor. I’ve loved my time in Fort Wayne and at Purdue Fort Wayne,” said Konchar. “I’m thankful to Mayor Henry and the city for this honor.”

“We are so very, very proud of John and his tremendous achievements, both on and off the court,” said Ron Elsenbaumer, Chancellor of Purdue Fort Wayne. “He sets a high bar for all of our student-athletes across all of our Division I sports teams.”

Coach Coffman is justifiably proud of this talented player.

“I am grateful to the city for recognizing John Konchar’s contributions! He has represented our program, university, and city with class during his playing career with the Mastodons and has drawn so much positive attention to all three during his playing career,” said Coffman. “I am grateful to have coached him and am excited to watch his successful career continue to prosper.” 

Konchar, who is from West Chicago, Illinois, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in information technology last May and will earn a Master of Science in organizational leadership this summer.

For more information, contact Susan Alderman at 260-481-6165 (office), 260-489-5349 (cell), or