On Saturday, November 23rd, Robert Sheridan, retired Savings Bank Life Insurance Company (SBLI) President and Chief Executive Officer and noted philanthropist, was honored as the first recipient of the UMass Lowell Athletic Legacy Award for his game-changing contributions to a better future for the University’s athletic programs.
The award was presented to Sheridan, past chair of the UMass Board of Trustees, during the University’s 3rd Annual Celebration of Sport ceremony at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center in Lowell.
As Chair of the University’s Ice Hockey Task Force in 2007, Sheridan helped strengthen the university’s relationship with the City of Lowell, which led to the campus purchasing the Tsongas Arena and transforming it into the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. Sheridan’s efforts also helped revitalize and preserve the River Hawks hockey program. The Men's River Hawks hockey team won its first ever Hockey East title in 2013.
As part of the weekend's festivities, Sheridan was also presented with a River Hawks 2013 Hockey East Championship Ring.
The Celebration of Sport ceremony, and accompanying UMass Lowell 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction, were held in conjunction with the University’s first-ever Notre Dame Hockey Weekend. Sheridan and other honorees were also introduced and commended during a River Hawks hockey game against the Fighting Irish at the Tsongas Center.