IU announces gift for locker room renovations at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

  • 04/18/2018 4:52 pm in

Indiana announced a major gift from alumni Dave and Susan Roberts that will provide funding for a renovation of the men’s locker room area at Simon Skjokt Assembly Hall.

The full details, as announced by media relations, are available below:

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana – Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced today a major gift by IU alumni Dave and Susan Roberts to the Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign for Athletics. This major gift helps provide funding for a renovation of the men’s basketball team area in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. In recognition of their gift, the area will be permanently named the Roberts Family Indiana Basketball Team Center.

“IU Athletics extends our deepest thanks to Dave and Susan Roberts for this generous gift that will have an immediate and lasting impact on our men’s basketball program,” Glass said. “Whether it’s the players, coaches, student managers or medical staff, every person affiliated with our program will benefit from all that the Roberts Family Indiana Basketball Team Center has to offer. We are honored to name the center after Dave and Susan for this major gift and for their long-standing support of Indiana University Athletics.”

Dave and Susan Roberts are Hoosiers to their core. During their time at IU, Dave received his MBA from the Kelley School of Business in 1978, and Susan received her bachelors in Political Science in 1972. Although their work has taken them to several different states, they have remained men’s basketball season ticket holders since 1989.

“Since our first visit to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on the day it opened in 1971, our love for Indiana Basketball has only grown. We feel this gift is a way for us to truly impact a program close to our heart,” said Dave Roberts. “When we sit in our seats this fall, we are excited to know the game day experience will be as incredible for players and coaches as it is for us as fans.”

The Roberts Family Indiana Basketball Team Center will fill the southeast corner of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The center will include the locker room, recruiting area/players’ lounge, coaches’ annex, and training room.

“We appreciate the generosity of Dave and Susan Roberts as they help our program take a step forward,” said IU coach Archie Miller. “This project fits right in with the many areas of improvement that have taken place recently with the overall renovation of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, which remains one of the most iconic facilities in all of college basketball.”

In addition to their support for IU Athletics, Dave and Susan Roberts are key contributors to the IU School of Medicine’s Alzheimer’s Research program and are lifetime members of the IUAA. They have a daughter and son, who received his law degree from IU and practices in Indianapolis. Dave recently retired and the couple is moving to Carmel to be close to family and Indiana Basketball.

Additional information is available here.

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  • inLinE6

    Thanks to many generous donors. There’s no reason to not be one of the most dominant teams in the country.

  • TomJameson

    Great to have such loyalty from the alumni.

    Not to minimize the fantastic gift from Dave and Susan Roberts, because it is absolutely great, but I think the next thing to possibly work on is a player-dorm. That’s an edge that quite a few colleges have over IU. Just a thought.

  • coachv

    wonder what it would cost to have one of the toilets in the locker room permanently named after me?

  • Hoosier Hall

    I’ve wondered the same thing. Seems like UK and Kansas use that regularly as a big recruiting draw.

  • SCHoosier

    Don’t know but you would have to be “flush” to make a gift that big!

  • Oldguyy

    Actually, those teams’ recruiting draw is the money they pay the players.

  • BigRig2287

    Doesn’t Briscoe essentially serve that purpose?

  • marcusgresham

    The NCAA made athlete-only dorms impermissible benefits but schools like Kentucky just keep Wildcat Lodge by allowing some token “regular” students to live there too.

  • sarge

    Maybe it already is, is your first name John? Ricky Roe likes it!

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  • coachv

    my last name is eljer

  • Hoosiernation1887

    Yes, all athletes live in Briscoe their freshman year. Though Briscoe is one of the more newly renovated dorms it doesn’t have any special pro-athlete amenities that I’m aware of so I’m not sure if you could really compare it to a Wildcat Lodge ect.

  • sarge

    Still a good possibility!

  • TomJameson

    Yes, that is correct. A variation of the “UNC Defense” ploy.