“There are many pillars that support a world-class university, and athletics is a critical one,” says Drexel University Trustee and former student-athlete Jim Bean ’91.
Recognizing the transformational potential of a top-notch athletics program on life at Drexel, Bean and other alumni leaders are rallying to support renovations to critical athletics facilities.
To motivate broader support of the Vidas Athletics Complex, Bean and his wife, Christine O’Sullivan, made a significant investment to match gifts by other donors to the project. This essential 18-acre facility serves as the training and competition ground for some of Drexel's winningest Division I teams — men's and women's programs in lacrosse, field hockey, soccer and tennis. On it, men's soccer has won the CAA championship and hosted an NCAA first-round game, women's soccer has competed against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea National team, and men's lacrosse has scored victories that have earned the team regular national rankings in the top 20.
Renovations to the Vidas Complex aim to provide student-athletes with a vastly improved playing environment and increased fan attendance attracted by a superb game-day experience. Once completed, the renovated Vidas Complex will boost Drexel's ability to vie for top recruits, thereby making a lasting impact on the trajectory of athletics at the University.
Dennis Fink ’78 and his wife, Dee, and their family were among those donors whose support of the Vidas Complex was doubled by the Beans' matching opportunity. They made the lead gift for the Fink Family Scoreboard, a state-of-the-art LED display.
Fink says, “As a former player, proud father to collegiate lacrosse players and current high school coach, I know how imperative it is to have facilities that reflect the hard work and dedication of the student athletes and athletic staff.”
Prominent Dragons are also helping fuel Drexel's comprehensive plans to reimagine recreational sports facilities. This includes renovating Buckley Recreational Field, at the corner of 33rd and Arch Streets, to install a seasonal, all-weather dome that will be inflated in the Fall of 2019. Funded by the generous support of Athletics Hall of Famer and Trustee Emeritus Robert Buckley ’58 and Board of Trustees Vice Chair Stanley W. Silverman ’69, ’74, the dome on 33rd street, along with a similar structure, installed concurrently at the Vidas Complex, will provide Drexel with 44,572 square feet of programming space with sport-specific surfaces, lighting and climate control.