Aug 30, 2011
Don & Carmen Meyer Donate Their Home To Northern State University

Carmen and Don Meyer recently moved into Aberdeen, and then made a moving gesture to their university and community.

The former Northern State basketball coach and wife are donating their former home — in a prestigious housing development by a golf course — to the Northern State University Foundation. The Meyer’s 6, 500 square-foot home recently was appraised at $430, 000.

“It is a humbling gift for them to give their home for the university to sell, NSU President Jim Smith said. I was rather stunned. It tells you a lot about who the people are, and Carmen and Don are wonderful people.”

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The foundation is preparing to sell the home, with the proceeds going to the current $3.2 million remodeling and addition project to the Barnett Center. The foundation has been working to secure the $700, 000 that was left to raise on the project, so the home donation is a great boost.

The Barnett Center is home to Wachs Arena and Don Meyer Court, where Don finished his career in 2010 as the winningest men’s basketball coach in NCAA history. He is now a special assistant to Smith — a job that involves a lot of travel for the Meyers as Don is in high demand across the country as a speaker.

“All our lives, people have been so generous and giving to us, Carmen Meyer said Monday. I remember when Don was getting his doctorate degree at the University of Utah, and we were dirt poor with three little kids who needed pajamas. Without saying anything, a neighbor came by asking us if we wanted their kids’ pajamas that they had outgrown. All our lives, things like that have happened and a lot times, we couldn’t repay people. But we hoped one day we could pass on that generosity. This is one small way we can do that.”

The Meyers donated house is in the Prairiewood development near Moccasin Creek Country Club just northeast of Aberdeen. Smith said the location of the home “makes the magnitude of the gift that much larger. I know their home. It is lovely, and perfectly positioned along the golf course. If you want to live out by a country course setting, this is a great, great home to have.”

Genesis of donation

Carmen said the idea to move was ignited by a friendly intervention of family and friends, who told Carmen and Don that they needed to simplify and downsize their lives. During a recent visit to Aberdeen, the Meyers’ daughter, Brooke, drove her parents into action.

When Carmen still resisted, saying it would be a hassle to sell their home and that she wished that she could make it simple and just give it away, Brooke’s response was just as simple: “Then why don’t you give it away?”

Don and the rest of the Meyer children readily agreed.

“That was pretty nice of Brooke and the rest of our children to agree to that, Carmen said. Our children said they just wanted to make our lives easier.”

The new house has accomplished that goal.

Simpler home

Unlike their former multi-level home with stairs, their 1, 500-square-foot rental home is one level without stairs. It makes things easier, especially for Don and his prosthetic leg. Also, the lawn work and snow removal is covered in the rental agreement.

“It all happened so fast, said Carmen, who has been in her and Don’s new house for about a month. We are pretty settled here, and we really like it. We don’t need a lot, and we will be just fine.”

Carmen said with their move to a rental came a rumor that the Meyers will eventually leave Aberdeen. Untrue, she said, adding, Our old house was wonderful and it served us well for 12 years. But we are gone so much so we just didn’t want the responsibility of home ownership right now. Maybe in the future we will buy another house in Aberdeen.

Servant leaders

Todd Jordre, executive director of the NSU Foundation, said the Meyers are shining examples of servant leaders. “They live out their beliefs. To have someone gift us such an asset is humbling and very inspiring. We hope to utilize that inspiration with other folks as well.”

Smith agreed. “Don and Carmen have a big heart. They really do believe in giving, and the whole art of stewardship is get other people to give as well.”

Carmen said that is why she and Don — with the encouragement of NSU — went public with their gift. They are hoping that this will encourage others to give to Northern State.

Smith also said Meyer’s nationwide fame as a basketball coach — writing a best-selling book with ESPN’s Buster Olney, setting national records, surviving cancer and a near fatal car accident and winning nationwide awards — will continue to help NSU as well. “The whole country knows who Don is. This story will get play nationally. That rachets it up another notch for us to get that kind of publicity.”

Smith and Jordre said they will make good use of the donation to the Barnett Center addition. “We have a pretty spectacular basketball arena now, said Smith. It is going to be jaw-dropping when we get it done.”

Don & Carmen Meyer Donate Their Home To Northern State University

Aberdeen News, John Papendick

http://www.aberdeennews.com/news/aan-former-coach-wife-donate-home-to-northern-state-university-in-aberdeen-sd-20110829, 0, 4430427.story

Carmen and Don Meyer recently moved into Aberdeen, and then made a moving gesture to their university and community.

The former Northern State basketball coach and wife are donating their former home — in a prestigious housing development by a golf course — to the Northern State University Foundation. The Meyer’s 6, 500 square-foot home recently was appraised at $430, 000.

“It is a humbling gift for them to give their home for the university to sell, NSU President Jim Smith said. I was rather stunned. It tells you a lot about who the people are, and Carmen and Don are wonderful people.”

The foundation is preparing to sell the home, with the proceeds going to the current $3.2 million remodeling and addition project to the Barnett Center. The foundation has been working to secure the $700, 000 that was left to raise on the project, so the home donation is a great boost.

The Barnett Center is home to Wachs Arena and Don Meyer Court, where Don finished his career in 2010 as the winningest men’s basketball coach in NCAA history. He is now a special assistant to Smith — a job that involves a lot of travel for the Meyers as Don is in high demand across the country as a speaker.

“All our lives, people have been so generous and giving to us, Carmen Meyer said Monday. I remember when Don was getting his doctorate degree at the University of Utah, and we were dirt poor with three little kids who needed pajamas. Without saying anything, a neighbor came by asking us if we wanted their kids’ pajamas that they had outgrown. All our lives, things like that have happened and a lot times, we couldn’t repay people. But we hoped one day we could pass on that generosity. This is one small way we can do that.”

The Meyers donated house is in the Prairiewood development near Moccasin Creek Country Club just northeast of Aberdeen. Smith said the location of the home “makes the magnitude of the gift that much larger. I know their home. It is lovely, and perfectly positioned along the golf course. If you want to live out by a country course setting, this is a great, great home to have.”

Genesis of donation

Carmen said the idea to move was ignited by a friendly intervention of family and friends, who told Carmen and Don that they needed to simplify and downsize their lives. During a recent visit to Aberdeen, the Meyers’ daughter, Brooke, drove her parents into action.

When Carmen still resisted, saying it would be a hassle to sell their home and that she wished that she could make it simple and just give it away, Brooke’s response was just as simple: “Then why don’t you give it away?”

Don and the rest of the Meyer children readily agreed.

“That was pretty nice of Brooke and the rest of our children to agree to that, Carmen said. Our children said they just wanted to make our lives easier.”

The new house has accomplished that goal.

Simpler home

Unlike their former multi-level home with stairs, their 1, 500-square-foot rental home is one level without stairs. It makes things easier, especially for Don and his prosthetic leg. Also, the lawn work and snow removal is covered in the rental agreement.

“It all happened so fast, said Carmen, who has been in her and Don’s new house for about a month. We are pretty settled here, and we really like it. We don’t need a lot, and we will be just fine.”

Carmen said with their move to a rental came a rumor that the Meyers will eventually leave Aberdeen. Untrue, she said, adding, Our old house was wonderful and it served us well for 12 years. But we are gone so much so we just didn’t want the responsibility of home ownership right now. Maybe in the future we will buy another house in Aberdeen.

Servant leaders

Todd Jordre, executive director of the NSU Foundation, said the Meyers are shining examples of servant leaders. “They live out their beliefs. To have someone gift us such an asset is humbling and very inspiring. We hope to utilize that inspiration with other folks as well.”

Smith agreed. “Don and Carmen have a big heart. They really do believe in giving, and the whole art of stewardship is get other people to give as well.”

Carmen said that is why she and Don — with the encouragement of NSU — went public with their gift. They are hoping that this will encourage others to give to Northern State.

Smith also said Meyer’s nationwide fame as a basketball coach — writing a best-selling book with ESPN’s Buster Olney, setting national records, surviving cancer and a near fatal car accident and winning nationwide awards — will continue to help NSU as well. “The whole country knows who Don is. This story will get play nationally. That rachets it up another notch for us to get that kind of publicity.”

Smith and Jordre said they will make good use of the donation to the Barnett Center addition. “We have a pretty spectacular basketball arena now, said Smith. It is going to be jaw-dropping when we get it done.”






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