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Athletics Receives $4.3M Gift for New Strength Facility

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Glenn and Eva Dubin

Investor and philanthropist Glenn Dubin (’78) is making a $4.3 million donation to Stony Brook’s Department of Athletics for the completion of a new state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility. His gift is the largest private donation ever to an athletics department within the SUNY system. Pending formal approval, the new 8,000-square-foot facility will be named the Dubin Family Athletic Performance Center.

“We are grateful and humbled by Glenn and Eva’s incredible generosity and support of Stony Brook University Athletics,” said Director of Athletics Jim Fiore.  “This transformational gift will have an impact on our student-athletes for generations to come. In addition, it is my hope that Glenn’s philanthropy will serve to inspire and lead other Stony Brook alumni and friends to consider supporting Seawolves Athletics.”

Currently in the design phase, the Dubin Family Athletic Performance Center is expected to be completed in fall 2011. The world-class facility will be located inside the Indoor Sports Complex and will overlook Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Populous (formerly HOK Sport Venue Event), which designed the new Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, has been hired as the architectural firm. The new 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.

dubincenter“Glenn Dubin often speaks of the significant role that athletics played in his personal, educational, and professional development,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. M.D. “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. This is a wonderful gift that will benefit all of the Stony Brook University family.”

Dubin, who grew up in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, graduated from Stony Brook with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1978. While an undergraduate, he was a member of both the football and men’s lacrosse programs.

“Athletics have had an important influence on me, teaching me values I’ve used throughout my life—discipline and teamwork,” Dubin 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.”

Dubin is the co-founder and CEO of Highbridge Capital Management, a global alternative asset management company headquartered in Manhattan with offices in London, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. He is a founding board member and former board chair of the Robin Hood Foundation, which fights poverty in New York City by applying investment principles to charitable giving. Dubin is also a trustee of Mt. Sinai Medical Center, where he and his wife Eva have funded the Dubin Breast Center to provide comprehensive integrated breast care in a patient-centered environment. Dubin previously donated $1 million to Stony Brook in 2005 to create the Glenn Dubin Endowed Scholarship Fund, offering scholarships to students from Washington Heights, particularly to students from P.S. 132, where he attended elementary school.

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