Athletics Receives $4.3M Gift for New Strength Facility


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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  1. I realize that only money counts at this University, but spending $4.3M for additional moronic weight-lifting is almost as foolish was spending more than $40M for a chinese restaurant (the Wang Center). But at least the latter did not involve demolishing much used and appreciated squash courts.

  2. Maurice Kernan on

    I support the university’s investment in athletics facilities, and appreciate the generosity of Glenn Dubin, Stuart Goldstein and all the donors that have helped us do this. But a university athletics program should encourage involvement of all the community in sport as participants, not just as spectators. Keeping an open and diverse array of facilities is the best way to do this. As one of a group of faculty and visitors that have played on the squash courts for many years, I’d like to add some more reasons why they, and the sport, should be kept here.

    – squash is a great mental and physical workout, playable year-round, and the ideal exercise for time-limited, stressed-out faculty, staff and students. Certainly it’s helped to keep me healthy and (relatively) sane for the past 10 years, and I had hoped to keep playing for many more.

    – it’s a participatory sport, playable and enjoyable at all levels. I have never risen much above a novice level, but have always been able to find competitive games – and the not infrequent schooling that sharpened my game. Moreover, because it requires skill and stamina rather than strength, male and female players of all ages can compete on an equal footing – it’s a great way for students, faculty and staff to compete together. The last student-organized open tournament drew many players, and a faculty v student team tournament could be a big draw.

    – it attracts players from across Stony Brook, Brookhaven lab and the local area, encouraging much-needed interaction between departments, institutions and the community.

    – the courts are a recruiting asset that helps keep Stony Brook in the ranks of elite universities. Faculty candidates have asked me to show them the courts, and have been surprised at their quality. For anyone who has played squash elsewhere, being able to do so here is a definite plus.

    – it’s potentially a money-making facility. To my knowledge, the only other publically assessable courts in Nassau or Suffolk is in Southampton ( There, membership fees are $500-$650, court fees are $20-$30/hour. Court fees in city clubs are similar with membership fees in the $1000’s. Here, students should have free access, but faculty/staff and visitors could be charged a moderate fee for the use of this facility year. Also, as a recognized, resurgent “scholarship sport” (NYTimes 12/07: it could draw students from local middle and high schools.

    Losing squash from the campus would be a major hit to the quality of life here – not just at Stony Brook but across the island. I ask the donors and administrators to consider a redesign or relocation that would not require the loss of a a functional, valued campus and community asset.

  3. Don’t be so ignorant, who wouldn’t take free money? Mr. Dubin is donating for a specific purpose, so why not let that purpose be met.

  4. Regular Student on

    Wow, $4.3M is a lot of money and can be used to help student athletes in so many ways. However, please do not take down the squash courts. As a regular student, the only reason why I ever go to the sports complex is for the squash courts. There are not many sports we can do during the winter; the indoor squash courts can be used to play squash and indoor handball. I know many teams and clubs that use the squash lounge for practice. It is a really good place for excerise during the winter, please do not take that away from us regular students.

    Not only are you throwing away the money you used to built the squash courts, you are also hurting the student community. By taking down the squash courts, you are taking our indoor activities away from us. Later, we will not have the access to this student athlete facility, were are we going to excerise then? Please reconsider the plan of location. This money can be used elsewhere to help student athletes, without taking away from us regular students.

  5. How can they logically approve to destroy a previous gift/donation for a new one? They should build/reconstruct the facility without interfering previous donations.

  6. Mr. Dubin is an astute businessman but more importantly here he recognizes the competitive nature of college recruitment in sports and in academics. Yes, this donation can be seen as just something else to attract more athletes to the Stony Brook. But, we can all recognize how this generous donation will also make Stony Brook more attractive to students as well. Hopefully, the squash courts can be taken into account and kept in use so as to maximize the positive impact of this donation.

  7. Elizabeth( Alumni) on

    4.3 Million dollars is a lot of money and I think it is great that it is going to a school and not to another cause. I am a Stony Brook Alumni with $50,000 in student loan debt and would love to see the 4.3 million go to helping graduates find good paying jobs or assist in loan forgiveness instead of going to a new weight lifting center. So many students face the same dilemma I do, a poor paying job in a tough economy and massive student loan debt.

  8. I’m very glad to hear about this great donation from the Dubin family. We all know that Stony Brook University is recognized nationally for research, academics, and so on but that it lacks something that spread that school pride/spirit around that a school like Stony Brook deserves and is currently lacking. Better Athletics is one of the good solutions to this issue in SBU. While we have such a great school in academics, it remains one of the unhappiest ones according to some rankings because there is not much to look forward to besides academics at Stony Brook (something that needs urgent change if we truly want to be a recognized National University). Investments like these in Athletics and the 20$ million renovation of the Stony Brook Arena (currently on hold) and better decisions by USG in the future will help us -the student- better enjoy our free time at Stony Brook. I hope more donations keep on coming and that the Stony Brook Seawolves perform even better than last year’s (2009-10) school-record year on Basketball, Football, Soccer, and the biggest of all -Lacrosse (ranked 8th nationally!). I give my immense support to Stony Brook athletics and i’m glad that other people like Dubin also believe in Seawolves Athletics. I pledged this academic year to attend every home football game, and also every Men’s & Women’s basketball game possible (without interrupting my academic priorities) this year while also dragging some of my friends along and so far that has gone great. Go Seawolves, Go Red, and Go Stony Brook University. A long path of future Success lies ahead of us, a rising team in the America East

  9. It is very nice of Glenn and Eva to donate to Stony Brook. But clearly there is enough space on campus to do it without destroying the already existing and fully functioning recreational facility.

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