Paying it forward to student-athletes


A local educator plans to pay it forward to Cal State Bakersfield in memory of her husband. 

Gloria M. Burr and Billy D. Reed, Jr. decided to create endowments for student-athletes.

The two met and worked in Kern County for many years. And, Reed played basketball at CSUB in the 1970s.

“Really they just believe in higher ed, they believed in education and when they thought about it they thought CSUB was the perfect fit. Billy had played basketball here, they loved education, they wanted to make an impact here in Bakersfield,” said Josiah Castro, the Assistant Athletic Director to development.

The endowments will fund a scholarship for men’s basketball, another for a student-athlete earning their teaching credentials, and a third for overall improvements or the athletic department.

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