As a freshman at Washington University, Gary Sumers, AB ’75, wasn’t an athlete, but his roommate, David Lebioda, AB ’75, was on the football team. Mr. Sumers cheered at his friend’s games and formed a lifelong appreciation for the value of combining academic excellence with athletic achievement.
Forty years later, Mr. Sumers made the lead gift for a spacious, modern 60,000- square-foot facility for sports, recreation, and fitness on the Danforth Campus. The new Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center provides state-of-the-art facilities for exercise, recreational sports, and varsity athletics and enhances the physical and emotional well-being of the entire campus community.
The Sumers Recreation Center was dedicated on October 28, 2016, at a ceremony honoring Mr. Sumers and the many alumni, parents, friends, and faculty and staff members who have made gifts to revitalize Washington University’s facilities for athletics and recreation.