A gift from the parents of an MIT student-athlete will change the landscape for outdoor competition in the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation. Bob and Eveline Roberts, whose daughter, Julia N. Roberts ’10, is a midfielder on the women’s soccer team, have pledged $2 million for the installation of synthetic grass turf in Henry G. Steinbrenner ’27 Stadium.
“The generosity of the Roberts family in support of the installation of a new surface and upgrade to our outdoor facilities cannot be overstated,” said DAPER Department Head and Director of Athletics Julie Soriero. “Our students and student-athletes can proudly practice and compete in a first-rate facility. This is a transformational gift that benefits the entire MIT community. We are truly grateful and excited about seeing this project completed for our teams competing in the fall of 2008.”
President Susan Hockfield also thanked the Roberts for their gift. “This much-needed upgrade is an important Institutional priority, but we could not have begun to take action without the Roberts’ thoughtful generosity,” Hockfield said. “Simply put, this gift will transform our campus and community, and will inspire our alumni and friends to help us provide our exceptional students with resources that are commensurate with their potential as future leaders.”
In addition to the installation of grass turf, the Roberts’ gift could also spark the next phase of the Steinbrenner Stadium renovation which includes lighting, seating, and a new press box.