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Pedigo Family Turns Giving into a Lifestyle — and Changes Lives in the Process

Pedigo family at graduation

When Rick and Terri Pedigo’s oldest daughter, Lauren, began attending Boise State, the Vancouver, Washington, couple say that bleeding blue became a regular part of their lives. In addition to traveling to games to cheer on Bronco athletic teams, they also made giving in support of students and student athletes part of their Boise State experience.

“From the students to the faculty and all those who represent the university, each person is so positive about Boise State,” Rick said. “We began our giving during our daughter’s sophomore year with an in-kind donation to the College of Health Sciences. Our giving has grown over time as we have seen certain needs within the university, which we believe will benefit the greater good of all students.”

The couple established the Pedigo Family Fund and through their medical supply company, Pedigo Products, they have given medical carts, stands, stools, blanket warmers, stretchers and fluid warmers to the athletic training department, the Nursing Simulation Lab and the Human Performance Lab in the College of Health Sciences.

“As a medical device manufacturer, we touch upon the lives of patients and caregivers each and every day,” Rick said. “In making our products available to students and staff at Boise State, we are helping to develop the standards of care for the next generation.”

In December 2018, Rick and Terri donated a piece of property in Oregon to the Boise State Foundation. Proceeds from the property sale were used to support athletic training in the football program, recruitment for men’s basketball and to purchase a Body Viz, a 3D visualization technology that will be used by faculty and students in the College of Health Sciences. Utilizing a variety of giving vehicles — in-kind gifts of medical equipment, land, stock transfers and gifts of cash — the couple truly has maximized their impact on students and their involvement across campus.

Rick and Terri’s oldest daughter graduated from Boise State in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, followed by their son, Chad, who graduated in December 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in health studies. Their middle daughter, Kendall, will graduate in May from Oklahoma State University with her MBA.

“The Boise State experience has been such a vital part of our children maturing and developing into responsible adults. One of the biggest inspirations for us to give has been seeing the creative steps that others have taken both at Boise State and other universities,” Rick said.

“Boise State is a relatively new university compared with many other colleges. That enables all people who support the university to really have an impact on the future of the school. No matter what level of commitment they can make through their philanthropy, it can have significant benefits to the university.”