Furman University names renovated locker room to honor late student-athlete Jackson Roberts. GWINN DAVIS MEDIA

The Furman men’s lacrosse team dedicated its renovated locker room in memory of Jackson Roberts, a senior who sadly passed away in a motorcycle accident, this weekend in a ceremony in Timmons Arena. Roberts played for the Paladins for two seasons before joining as a student coach.

“The locker room is where individuals become family,” said Roberts’ teammate Ben Lipscomb at the ceremony. “Jackson Roberts was the glue that held that family together. He was a leader on the field, an economics scholar, and everything in between. Jackson made a positive impact on this university and all of the lives he came in contact with.”

Over $650,000 has been raised in Roberts’ memory for the men’s lacrosse locker room renovation and for the future installment of a turf field.

The entrance to the locker room features a commissioned painting of Roberts in his Furman uniform carrying the American flag onto the field prior to a game.  A mural with a photo of Kip Taviano, a Furman lacrosse signee who was killed in 2013, which also features a photo of Taviano’s best friend John Vandenberg wearing Taviano’s number 10 jersey while playing for Furman, hangs in the entryway.

What the new locker room space includes:

  • Projector and screen
  • Large dry erase boards
  • Sound system
  • Laundry shoots
  • Equipment cubbies
  • Four new televisions
  • New lighting and murals

“The culmination of this project is a great tribute to the Furman lacrosse community, showing just how much people care and are willing to provide both financial support and support to Jackson’s family,” said Furman men’s lacrosse head coach Richie Meade. “I am really happy that we have people such as this associated with our lacrosse program. We really appreciated all of the support from the Furman community, especially President Davis. Erin Wissing did a great job in spearheading the program, and Dawn McCollum has been tremendous in bringing the details of this project together.”

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