Villanova University has received a $1 million commitment from Gold Jacket and wife Diane T. Long, Friday evening.
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As part of the University’s $600 million Comprehensive Capital Campaign, the alumnus generous gift will go toward a new weight room in Villanova Stadium, “The Strength Training Center.”
In an exclusive interview with Villanonva University, Long and his wife had this to say about their former university.
“We are proud members of the Villanova community and are grateful for all the ways Villanova positively impacted our lives,” said Howie and Diane Long. “It is important to us to express our gratitude with our gift and join others who strive to enrich the experiences of future generations of Villanova Football players, Villanova athletes and the Villanova family overall.”
In addition, the building of the gym and naming rights, the Villanova Football program will also name its annual defensive player of the year award after . The award will be known as “The Defensive Player of the Year Award.”
Long was a member of the Villanova football program from 1977-80, during which time he registered 313 tackles. He was named MVP of the Blue-Grey All-Star Classic as a senior. In 1995, Long had his #55 jersey retired by the University.