LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 12/6/11
From Press Release
The Hofstra Athletics Department is excited to announce that James C. Metzger ’83, has committed $1.5 million to support Hofstra Athletics. Metzger’s leadership support marks the largest gift in the history of Hofstra Athletics.
Metzger, a men’s lacrosse All-American in 1980 and a current member of the Pride Club board of directors, has generously supported Hofstra Athletics since reconnecting with the University in 2007. His contribution will establish a men’s lacrosse program endowment as well as support the capital improvement fund, which benefits all 17 sports.
“Jim’s generosity to Hofstra Athletics in recent years has helped to elevate the men and women’s lacrosse programs to an elite level,” noted Director of Athletics Jack Hayes. “This most recent and generous gift will provide long term support for the program he represented as a student-athlete as well as fund important facility projects and improvements that will directly impact all of our student-athletes.”
Metzger’s seven-figure funding will not only provide significant support for the athletics programs but also serve as yet another positive step forward in the University’s ongoing efforts to bolster major gift support from alumni, parents and friends in order to continue to provide a first-class educational experience for its students.
“Jim Metzger’s leadership and commitment to Hofstra Athletics has always been evident and will help guarantee that our student-athletes, in all 17 sports, will be able to train, compete and succeed at the highest levels,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “On behalf of the entire University community, I thank Jim for his generous support and I trust that his gift will prove to be a catalyst for more alumni and friends to make gifts in his spirit.”
“I am both fortunate and elated to make this pledge to my alma mater,” commented Jim Metzger. “I certainly appreciate the way in which Hofstra has strengthened its brand academically and in its athletic programs. It is a first-class academic institution with first-class athletics.”
Metzger added, “I am thrilled my gift will have a significant impact at the University and I hope this commitment speaks to my total support of Hofstra. I am proud to be associated with Hofstra University and I am proud to be a leader in terms of supporting the institution.”
Metzger is Chairman, CEO and founder of the The Whitmore Group, Ltd., a leading insurance brokerage and financial services firm with headquarters in Garden City, New York.
Metzger has been quite supportive to Hofstra over the past several years, contributing funds to renovate the men’s and women’s lacrosse locker rooms and to make possible the Traditions Project – a history of the men and women’s lacrosse and football programs. His support also carries over to the academic side of campus as he has endowed a summer internship program within the Center for Civic Engagement in honor of his history professor, current faculty member, Michael D’Innocenzo.
What they are saying about Jim Metzger:
“As a former men’s lacrosse student-athlete, I saw firsthand how much of an impact Mr. Metzger’s generosity had on our program. His love of Hofstra Athletics is quite apparent and this latest gift to the University will show a new group of Hofstra student-athletes how special he is.”
– Jay Card ’11, men’s lacrosse All-American
“As a fellow Pride Club Board member I know Jim’s generosity extends beyond his financial support. Jim’s commitment to Hofstra Athletics runs deep and he continues to do everything he can to help Hofstra student-athletes.”
– Linda Wing Caruso ’78, Hofstra Athletics Hall of Famer, Pride Club board of director and field hockey and women’s lacrosse alumnus
“On behalf of all the current student-athletes, I thank Mr. Metzger for his dedication to Hofstra University. We understand how important his contributions are to making our experiences great.”
– Courtney Crews ’12, softball team member and president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
“Mr. Metzger’s donation to the University showcases his commitment, ensuring that Hofstra’s athletic success will continue for many years to come. He continues to be a great example of how alumni can support future generations of Hofstra student-athletes.”
– Charles Jenkins ’11, men’s basketball All-American
“As a men’s basketball season ticket holder, Jim Metzger has been a visible fan in the stands during many of our games in addition to being one of Hofstra Athletics most generous benefactors. This gift is a game changer for our department and for that we are extremely grateful.”
– Mo Cassara, head men’s basketball coach
“The generosity of Jim Metzger is tremendous. His devotion to Hofstra University is amazing and I can’t thank him enough. He is a wonderful representation of Hofstra and I know I speak for everyone when I say thank you very much.”
– Krista Kilburn-Steveskey, head women’s basketball coach
“Jim is a true community leader and a fine example of alumni support and generosity. He is the epitome of Hofstra Pride!”
– Joe Sparacio ’89, University trustee and Hofstra Pride Club board of director
“Jim’s support and generosity to our program and our athletics department has been simply incredible. He has supported our efforts in so many ways and this latest contribution will help our program take another step forward that would not be possible without his help.”
– Seth Tierney, head men’s lacrosse coach
“Jim Metzger was an asset on the athletic field and has proven to be an even greater asset to the University since his graduation.”
– E. David Woycik ’77, men’s lacrosse alumnus and president of the Hofstra Pride Club