Questions and Answers: Jay Caron '92
Why do you give to Springfield College athletics?
I donate because of the very positive experience that I had as a student-athlete. Overnight stays, spring trips, and upgraded meals equal extra costs. The opportunity to travel with Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Keith Bugbee is an unmatched experience that often falls outside of team and family budgets. It is an honor to help out the team in small ways such as a donation so coach can provide some of those “extras” for his players.
What impact do you think your gifts have on student-athletes?
My gifts could be used to purchase a trophy, a movie on the road, or special team jackets after the playoffs. Whatever the case, I hope that the experience of the student-athletes during their four years with the team has been enriched through them.
How can coaches use philanthropic support to advance the student-athlete experience?
Often a coach’s hands are tied by budgetary constraints. Giving back to SC Lacrosse allows Keith Bugbee the opportunity to provide unique experiences for the team and, at times, for individual players who may be in need.
What teams do you support and why?
I support SC Lacrosse, because although I missed my senior year due to knee surgery, it was a fantastic and irreplaceable experience. I want every guy going through the program, today and in the future, to share in that same opportunity that I had.
When you were a student-athlete as Springfield College, in what ways did support from alumni, families, and friends impact your experience?
The primary tradition at Springfield is to give back. It’s everywhere you look--the campus, the buildings and the academic programs. It also is very prevalent in the athletic infrastructure. When the field house was demolished in 1979, there was no greater sign of that commitment to give back and my team watched as donations made it possible for the new athletic complex to be constructed.
What was your most memorable experience as a student-athlete at Springfield College?
Unquestionably, one of the most memorable experiences was the lacrosse spring trip to Tampa, Fla., during my freshman year. We played teams from Pennsylvania and Ohio, back when Springfield was a Division II program. Many of the guys on that team are still my closest friends, and we speak weekly and get together several times per year at various places around the country. From my perspective as an alumnus, the bond that we share to this day, and the funny stories and the great memories of our team from many years ago are what the SC athletic experience is all about.
What would you like other Friends of Springfield College Athletics to know?
When considering the tremendous number of coaches, parents, and mentors that Keith Bugbee and SC Lacrosse has produced just in my lifetime, anyone who played for the Maroon and White is part of a very fortunate group that really understands the word “tradition.” I want to wish Coach the very best during the ’14 season, and I want the players to know that there is a strong, often silent group of former players who are depending on them to uphold this very significant tradition, both on and off the field.