Hempstead, NY - On March 22, the Hofstra Athletics Department formally dedicated The Fried Center for Student-Athlete Development in honor of Drs. Arno and Mindy Fried. Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz, Director of Athletics Jack Hayes, Dr. Mindy Fried and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) President and volleyball student-athlete Rachel August addressed the crowd that included University Vice Presidents, Hofstra coaches and administrators and many Blue and Gold Society members. Also in attendance were student-athletes from various Hofstra University athletic teams.
The event occurred prior to the Hofstra Men's Lacrosse game against St. John's. Jordan Fried, the son of Arno and Mindy, is a sophomore on the Pride Lacrosse team.
"We are very appreciate of the support Arno and Mindy Fried have shown to the student-athletes at Hofstra University," commented Hayes. "Their generosity will allow our student-athletes to excel both in the classroom and on the field of play."
"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.
The Fried Center, located on the second floor of The Stadium Building at James M. Shuart Stadium 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 SAAC and the Athletic Department's community service program. "On behalf of all of Hofstra's student-athletes, I would like to thank the Fried family for their generosity in helping create The Fried Center for Student-Athlete Development," commented August. "Having a place like this for student-athletes really helps us to work our hardest to excel in the classroom as well as on the field."
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. Further information about the Fried Center can be found here.