Jan. 23, 2014
By Mary Ashton Nall
Ole Miss runs deep in Bob Kirk’s family.
His grandfather played football and baseball nearly a century ago, and his uncle Ken Kirk was a co-captain of the 1959 national championship team. Kirk continued the family tradition when he played for the Rebels from 1973-76, lettering in ’76.
Kirk says he went to his first Ole Miss football game when he was 8 years old and he has now been a season ticket holder for baseball, basketball and football for about 35 years.
“Ever since I was a child, a big part of my fun and joy in life has been Ole Miss,” Kirk said. “I’ll never be able to repay the experiences, pleasures and friendships I’ve been given from the total Ole Miss experience and I feel like I owe something back. I got my diploma, but Frank Everett was right, ‘One never really graduates from Ole Miss.’ ”
Giving back to the university is something Kirk holds dear to his heart. His significant donation to the Vaught Society this fall has put him over the $1 million mark for lifetime contributions.
Because he loves to keep up with Ole Miss athletics, Kirk splits his time between Destin, Fla., and Oxford. He has seen the Rebels progress into winning seasons as a result of superior leadership.
“In my lifetime, I’ve never seen such a package of leadership at Ole Miss,” Kirk said. “From the chancellor, to Ross Bjork and the coaches, the future is as bright as it’s ever been. The facilities upgrades are amazing! Our fans are totally behind our teams. What student-athlete wouldn't want to come here? I wish I still had some eligibility myself, LOL."
Kirk considers Ole Miss to be his second family and feels his donations are a small token of his appreciation. With almost every sport improving from last season, he believes now is the best time to invest in the Rebel Nation.
“If we all get together, with the leadership we have now, the sky in the limit,” Kirk said. “It’s going to be one heck of a ride and I hope more Rebels jump on board to be a part of it. We need to all pull the rope in the same direction!"