Last month’s Homecoming football game and pep rally reminded us how important athletics are to the Pace Community.
College athletics are about more than just competition—they also encourage healthy minds and futures. Pace athletes excel both on and off the field with an average GPA of 3.10 and an 86 percent retention rate. They develop important teamwork and leadership skills that are critical to success in the classroom, in professional settings, and in life. Our athletes also give back to the community that supports them. Currently, Pace’s student athletes participate in a wide variety of community service activities throughout the school year, including volunteering at local schools and retirement homes and raising funds for charitable events such as the Susan G. Komen Walk, Relay for Life, the Special Olympics, and many more. But most important, college athletics encourage the entire community to come together and show our spirit and pride.
We have announced master plans for both the New York City and Westchester campuses that entail a number of exciting changes that will enhance the quality of the campus experience. An integral component of those plans are changes to the University’s athletic and recreational facilities that will create a lasting impact on what athletics mean to the Pace Community. Just a few of the improvements we envision for the future of athletics at Pace include a new multipurpose field with artificial turf for football, soccer, and lacrosse with a track; updates to the existing baseball field; a new softball field; and a new field house and concession stands. For a full list of improvements included in the master plans for Westchester, please click here.
I encourage you all to attend a game to see the Setters in action. Our student athletes show their Pace pride every day—let’s show our pride in them.
Stephen J. Friedman