Alums, family and the campus community gathered on Saturday, Sept. 9 to celebrate the dedication of the Carver-DeLaney Family Press Box and stadium seating at John H. Cozzens Jr. ’41 Memorial Field. A cornerstone of athletic excellence at the Colleges, Cozzens Field is home to Hobart and William Smith soccer teams.
“Today, due to the generosity of so many, we will dedicate this venue so that our parents, students and soccer fans from the community can watch excellence in action – and in comfort,” said President Gregory J. Vincent ’83. “This new facility appropriately honors the accomplishments and the character of our two coaches and the student-athletes they lead today as well as the many who have joined the ranks of our alumni and alumnae.”
The Carver-DeLaney Family Press Box honors the steadfast support of Trustee Calvin “Chip” Carver ’81 and Anne DeLaney. A member of the Board of Trustees for more than 12 years, Carver also is currently assisting William Smith Head Coach Aliceann Wilber P’12 with the team this fall.
“I am forever telling the young women in our program, ‘If I am not for me, than who will be? You have to stand up and be counted.’ Well, many people have stood up and given what they could to make this project a reality and we are so very, very grateful,” said Wilber. “It is ironic that our soccer teams play on the field that was Chip’s own baseball field during his tenure as a Statesman and a Hobart student. Not ironic, is the conviction and commitment so consistently demonstrated by Chip and Anne to support opportunities for girls and women in sport as well as other HWS initiatives.”
“The generosity of the fans, the families and, of course, the Carver and DeLaney family is amazing and it’s a testament to their commitment to the Colleges,” said Hobart Head Coach Shawn Griffin. “For college soccer, Cozzens Field is one of the finest facilities and it matches the dedication and talent of our student-athletes who play here.”
Mid-fielder and William Smith Soccer Team Captain Evie Manning ’18 also spoke at the dedication. “William Smith soccer pushed me to see that it was okay to be uncomfortable and growth came from those uncomfortable situations that we place ourselves in as athletes,” said Manning. “I will be forever thankful for the growth, skills and lessons that William Smith Athletics has taught me.”
A committed member of the HWS community, Carver has served more than a dozen years on the Colleges’ Board of Trustees, on the Financial Affairs and Audit and Compliance Committees. Partnering with the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, he has participated in the Professionals in Residence program and networked with numerous students and graduates who have gone on to internships and careers in the financial field.
In 2012, the Calvin R. Carver Sr. Lecture and Student Support Endowment was established to promote inclusivity, resiliency, positive mental health and social justice through a yearly campus speakers series and resources for students.