Stony Brook athletics made history this week when it received a $4.3 million donation from an alumnus for the University’s new state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility.
Investor and philanthropist Glenn Dubin (Class of ’78) graduated from Stony Brook with a BA in Economics and played football and lacrosse for the Seawolves. The donation is the largest of its kind given to an athletic department in SUNY history.
“We are grateful and humbled by Glenn and Eva’s incredible generosity and support of Stony Brook University Athletics,” Stony Brook athletic director Jim Fiore said in a statement. “This transformational gift will have an impact on our student-athletes for generations to come.”
Currently in the design phase, the Dubin Family Athletic Performance Center is expected to be completed in fall 2011. The facility will be located inside the Indoor Sports Complex and will overlook Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Populous (formerly HOK Sport Venue Event), which recently designed the new Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, has been hired as the architectural firm, the University said.
The strength and conditioning facility will include weightlifting racks, dumbbell sets, Olympic platforms, a cardio fitness area, space for plyometric exercises and an office for the strength and conditioning staff.
“Glenn Dubin often speaks of the significant role that athletics played in his personal, educational and professional development,” Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D. said. “With his design input and vision, the Dubin Family Athletic Performance Center will reflect that sentiment and provide a world-class venue to support and train Stony Brook student-athletes for success in both athletic competition and in life.”
Dubin is the co-Founder and CEO of Highbridge Capital Management, a global alternative asset management company.
“Athletics have had an important influence on me, teaching me values I’ve used throughout my life — discipline and teamwork,” he said. “My family and I are delighted to support the student-athletes at Stony Brook and hope that this facility will add to their athletic experience and future success.”