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Andersons ’61 Giving Back

Upate to Arvin Annex and Endow Men’s Basketball & Women’s Rugby Coaching Positions

Army West Point Athletics has received another extraordinary commitment from Lee and Penny Anderson that will enhance the cadet-athlete experience in multiple sports and further advance the mission of the Academy. The Anderson’s contribution will catapult a transformation of the Arvin Annex that will house a new state-of-the-art weight room and locker room facilities for multiple athletic and club programs. In addition to this facility upgrade, the Andersons will endow the head men’s basketball and women’s rugby coaching positions.

“The Andersons continue to be a major supporter of the Academy and our cadets,” Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan said. “The loyalty Lee and Penny have shown towards West Point is unparalleled and we are certainly grateful for their continued generosity to our athletic programs.”

“We are incredibly appreciative of the support that Lee Anderson and his family has given our men’s basketball program,” new men’s basketball head coach Jimmy Allen said. “His support helps our cadet-athletes immeasurably and we are so proud that he is a part the basketball family at Army West Point.”

Anderson ’61 and his wife Penny have been significantly involved in supporting Army West Point Athletics as past major benefactors of the rugby programs, giving considerable annual gifts and funding the Anderson Rugby Complex. Thanks to the Anderson’s, the complex features a 14,000-square-foot facility with locker rooms and a weight room, along with multiple rugby fields.

“We are very appreciative of the contributions that Mr. and Mrs. Anderson and their family has made towards the rugby programs,” head women’s rugby coach Bill LeClerc said. “The Anderson Rugby Complex is synonymous with excellence as is our program and institution and this contribution ensures that the legacy of the Anderson Rugby Complex and our program will be a focal point of West Point for many years to come.”

Anderson was a three-sport athlete at West Point. He was a member of the football and basketball teams, and competed in track. He branched Air Force upon graduation and served in the 4510th Combat Crew Training Wing from 1961 to 1964.

Following his military career, he returned to his home state of Minnesota and took over the family company, an insulation contracting firm. Since he stepped in, the company has expanded into a multi-billion-dollar company. APi Group Inc. is a parent company for over 40 independently managed specialty construction companies, located in almost 300 locations worldwide.

The Andersons are a member of multiple committees and societies at West Point, including the For Us All Campaign Cabinet, the Thomas Jefferson Lifetime Giving Society and the Cullum Planned Giving Society. Lee was honored with the Distinguished Graduate Award by the West Point Association of Graduates in 2013.