Hempstead, NY - The Hofstra Athletics Department is proud to announce the naming of The Fried Family Student-Athlete Development Center. The naming of The Fried Family Student-Athlete Development Center (formerly the Student-Athlete Academic Center) recognizes the generous commitment from Arno and Mindy Fried, who have pledged $250,000 to Hofstra Athletics. Arno Fried, MD and Mindy Fried, MD are the parents of Hofstra sophomore Jordan Fried, a member of the Hofstra Men's Lacrosse program.
The Fried Center, located in James M. Shuart Stadium on the second floor of The Stadium Building, is available for use by all of Hofstra's student-athletes and has a capacity of nearly 150. The new facility, which opened at the start of the fall semester, is the home for academic and career development pursuits and also houses the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Athletic Department's community service program.
"We are extremely pleased that Arno and Mindy have decided to show their support of Hofstra Athletics in such a generous manner," commented Hofstra University Director of Athletics Jack Hayes. "Their gift will advance our efforts to deliver the best experience possible for our student-athletes and serve as a fantastic model to others interested in giving back to Hofstra Athletics."
"We are very happy to support the academic development center and athletic programs at Hofstra. We know that the skills needed in college athletics are very important to succeed in academics and in life - hard work, team work and fair play," said Arno Fried, MD.
Funds from the Fried pledge will benefit the men's lacrosse program, the women's athletics fund and the capital improvements fund. The leadership gift will provide important funding over the next five years to assist with enhancements to The Fried Center including technology and software upgrades to equip Hofstra student-athletes with the best tools for achieving academic excellence.
The Fried Family Student-Athlete Development Center is a 3,000-square foot facility with 12 computer workstations, three laser printers, two private conference rooms for tutorial assistance, a group study area, 40 individual workstations and a full-time University staff of three to assist Hofstra's student-athletes with their academic, social and post-graduate endeavors. The entire facility is also equipped with wireless internet access.