The Long Island University campus and athletics communities came together on Oct. 12 to honor the memory of Ryan Lee with the dedication of a Plant for Life. The plant, which stands outside of the campus entrance of the Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center and features an array of foliage that will bloom year-round, will serve as a way to remember Lee, a member of the Blackbirds' golf team that passed away last April.
Long Island director of athletics John Suarez, LIU chaplain Father Charles Keeney, student government president Jermaine Isaac and Theresa Lee, Ryan's mother, all spoke to a crowd that gathered to honor Lee. The plant stands in a prime location outside the main entrance to the Wellness Center, which houses the athletics department as well as the campus' fitness center, where it will be passed daily by not only LIU student-athletes and staff but the entire campus community.
"It was a wonderful day," Suarez said. "We're so happy that Ryan's mother was able to come down and spend time with the athletes and current members of the golf team. The plant is in a prominent location where everyone that passes by will be able to think about Ryan and honor his memory."