Former Hofstra men’s lacrosse student-athlete James C. Metzger ’83, whose generous support of Hofstra Athletics stretches back more than a decade, announced a substantial leadership gift for the renovation of the Harry Royle-Vincent Sombrotto men’s lacrosse locker room.
“To honor my former coach and teammate while I enhance the athletics facilities is truly gratifying for me,” stated Metzger. “Harry Royle gave me the opportunity to start as a freshman, and Vinnie Sombrotto was an inspirational superstar player, both of whom I admire and respect. I left the program after my sophomore year, but benefitted greatly from my experience while I played, which gave me a lifetime of memories and formed an important part of the foundation upon which I build both my personal and professional life.”
“Jim Metzger continues to set a high bar for what it means to support Hofstra Athletics,” said Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz. “His unwavering commitment and generosity has helped countless student-athletes, in lacrosse and across all sports, to excel.”
The renovation, which will include the installation of 48 brand-new lockers, a remodel of the bathroom and shower area and new carpeting will be completed by the start of the 2020 season.
“Jim is such a special person and his generosity towards our men’s lacrosse program and the athletic department is incredible,” commented Hofstra Vice President and Director of Athletics Rick Cole Jr. “We are grateful for his level of continued support and hope he will inspire others. This gift will allow us to provide a first-class experience for our student-athletes.”
Hollman, Inc., a leading manufacturer of collegiate lockers, will design and install the new custom lockers designed specifically for use with lacrosse as they feature space to hold multiple helmets, sticks and will also be equipped with a phone charging station and cushions for comfort. Founded in 1976, Hollman, Inc. is the industry leader in locker design and solutions.
The specially-designed carpeting will be highlighted by the Hofstra logo embossed in it. There will also be new LED-lighting installed throughout the locker room.
“The Hofstra men’s lacrosse program is tremendously fortunate and extremely grateful for the continued support by Jim Metzger,” Hofstra Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Seth Tierney said. “Through his great generosity over the years, we have been able to give our student-athletes an exceptional collegiate experience through first-class practice, playing and dressing facilities as well as player study and lounge areas in the locker room. Jim’s latest act of kindness will continue to provide our current and future Pride members with one of the best locker room complexes in the nation.”
“As a student-athlete visiting colleges during the recruiting process, I looked at the facilities of a program-practice, game, and locker room-as a barometer of the level of commitment from the University to that team,” senior attackman Ryan Tierney said. “Visiting Hofstra, the first thing that I noticed was that all of the facilities involved with the student-athlete were first class from start to finish. As a former All-American student-athlete himself, Mr. Metzger knows very well how important the locker room is for the comradery, mental preparedness, and success of a team. I want to thank Mr. Metzger for his generous and continued support in making our second home-the locker room-a shining example of the commitment to Hofstra Lacrosse.”
In addition to his profound gift, Metzger also announced a matching gift campaign for alumni of the program to have one of the lockers named in their honor. Each locker naming will consist of a Pride men’s lacrosse alumni making a gift of $2,500 and Metzger matching each for all 48 lockers. More information about the locker naming program can be found here.
Metzger will be honored for his generosity on March 21 at the Hofstra men’s lacrosse game against Rutgers. More information about the event to follow.