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BU receives historic gift from local doctor

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VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton University announced Wednesday a gift of $1 million from prominent local physician and Binghamton University Foundation Board of Directors member Dr. Bai Lee to benefit the Athletics Department. The announcement was made during a packed press conference in the Events Center TAU Bearcat Room.

This gift will support facility enhancements that will positively impact student-athletes and coaches, including benefits to the academic Student Success Center, strength and conditioning program, sports medicine and more. It is the largest gift athletics has received to date.

"We are grateful to Dr. Lee for this gift, which will make certain that our student athletes have the resources needed to be successful. Moreover, it helps ensure that the Department of Athletics continues to flourish as a significant aspect of a Binghamton University education, " University President Harvey Stenger said.

"This remarkable gift helps put our Division I athletics program on par with other successful programs in our conference," Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott said. "This generous gift will benefit the Athletics Department for years to come."

In honor of his generosity, the University will name the basketball court in the Events Center the Dr. Bai Lee Court. The official unveiling will take place prior to the men's basketball game vs. Army, starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15.

"Thank you to Dr. Lee for his longstanding support of the University," said Jim Broschart, vice president for advancement. "Dr. Lee's friendship to Binghamton University has been remarkable. We're proud to see Binghamton University's alumni, parents and community friends really take notice of the University's overall impact and step forward with their support."

"I owe so much of my success to the local community, and I see Binghamton University as a positive force in the Binghamton area today," said Lee. "I hope this gift inspires others who are appreciative of this wonderful community to show their support and give back."

Lee is the president of Lee Health Care, and senior attending gynecologist at UHS and Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital. He completed his post-graduate training and fellowship at New York Medical College. He served as director of the Perinatal Center at United Health Services in 1972, and became a partner at the Southern Tier Ob-Gyn Group in 1975. In 2000, he established the Lee and Yum Foundation for charity and education.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)