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Gate at Purdue's stadium to honor superfan Tyler Trent

By The News · 30 of March 2019 09:30:01
AP Photo,, No available, FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2018, file photo, Central Catholic players present Tyler Trent, foreground, with a check to benefit Riley Children's Hospital before meeting Lafayette Jeff in a high school volleyball game in Lafayette, Ind. A memorial gate leading to the student section entrance of Purdue University's football stadium will be built to honor Trent, the school's superfan and cancer activist who died in January. (John Terhune/Journal & Courier via AP, File)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A memorial gate leading to the student section entrance of Purdue University’s football stadium will be built to honor Tyler Trent, the school’s superfan and cancer activist who died in January.

University President Mitch Daniels announced plans Wednesday for the permanent memorial at Ross-Ade Stadium for Trent, who died on Jan. 1 at age 20 following a battle with bone cancer. The Tyler Trent Memorial Gate will be erected before the start of the fall football season.

Trent became a social media star with his positive attitude and determination to live every day to the fullest.

Daniels also announced the first recipient of the Tyler Trent Courage and Resilience Award, a memorial scholarship in Trent’s name. The scholarship goes to Sean P. English, a freshman from Northville, Michigan.