A $2 million grant from the Yawkey Foundation in support of the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex expansion project will be used to establish the Lou Gorman Pavilion. A member of the Stonehill Class of 1953 and synonymous with the Boston Red Sox, James “Lou” Gorman was one of the College’s greatest ambassadors.
The exhibition space in the newly expanded Sports Complex will be designed to display and honor Gorman’s commitment to the Boston Red Sox and Stonehill, featuring his sports memorabilia and highlighting his long-lasting and influential career in baseball.
The Red Sox general manager from 1984-1993, Gorman served as the organization’s executive consultant for public affairs prior to his death in April of 2011.
“With the Yawkey Foundation’s new commitment to name the Lou Gorman Pavilion, we are deeply honored to design a space that serves as a tribute to Lou’s athletic career and memory. Creation of the Pavilion is also a fitting way to honor the dedication that Lou, along with Tom and Jean Yawkey, demonstrated during their lifetimes to athletics, fitness, and personal well-being,” said Francis X. Dillon ’70, Vice President for Advancement at Stonehill.
“In addition to their unprecedented support of the Sports Complex, the Yawkey Foundation has made Stonehill a stronger and more productive institution over the years through the Yawkey Scholars Program—better equipping us to serve our students,” Dillon added. The Yawkey Scholars Program was introduced at Stonehill in 2005. (Pictured left are Stonehill's 2012 Yawkey Scholars)
Gorman was the first alumnus to receive both the Outstanding Alumnus Award (1979) and the Alumni Service Award (2000). A member of the basketball and baseball teams while a student at the College, he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989. The Stonehill baseball field bears his name.
In addition, he served several terms as a member of the Board of Trustees and as Chair of the College's Annual Fund. There is also a scholarship at the College named for Gorman and his beloved wife, Mary Lou.
In 1999, Stonehill gave Gorman its Moreau Medallion which was presented to 50 individuals whose loyalty and service contributed to the success of the College during its first half century.
He also received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree from the College in 2002 and, in 2003, he received the College's highest honor, the Lux et Spes Award, named after the College's motto, which means "Light and Hope."
Stonehill plans to add 50,000 square feet to the Sports Complex in order to provide needed space for athletics, health, fitness and exercise. When the Sports Complex opened in 1988, it was designed to serve 1,930 students. Today, 25 years later, it is serving 2,500 students.
At the 53rd Annual President’s Dinner on May 30, Stonehill Trustee Bill Devin ’60 made the surprise announcement that the expansion of the Sports Complex will bear the name, The Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C. Athletics & Fitness Center, in honor of Stonehill’s former president.
About the Yawkey Foundations
The Yawkey Foundations were established more than 30 years ago to further serve the family's many charitable goals. The mission of the Yawkey Foundations is to continue the charitable legacy of Tom and Jean Yawkey by making grants that provide immediate, significant and positive impact on the quality of life of youth, families and the underserved, primarily in the areas which the Yawkeys called home, New England and Georgetown County, South Carolina. For additional information about the Foundations, visit their website at http://yawkeyfoundation.org.