$5 Million Gift to John A. Lally Athletics Complex Honors the Winning and Giving Spirit of Floyd Little

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Publish date: 01-26-2022


As a member of the Syracuse University band, Howard “Howie” Phanstiel ’70, G’71, had an up-close view of the greatness of No. 44 Floyd Little ’67, H’16. From his seat on the sidelines, instrument in hand, Phanstiel vividly remembers the speed and determination Little displayed in carrying the football for the Orange. They were contemporaries as students who became friends later in life, bonded by their passion for their alma mater.

Now, Phanstiel and his wife, Louise Phanstiel, are paying tribute to the Syracuse University legend, pledging a $5 million gift to the Forever Orange campaign that will enhance the student-athlete experience in alignment with the vision of the $150 million fundraising initiative recently announced by the Department of Athletics. In recognition of the Phanstiels’ generosity, an atrium entryway commonly referred to as the Little Atrium will be named in honor of Little.

External link: https://news.syr.edu/blog/2022/01/25/5-million-gift-to-john-a-lally-athletics-complex-honors-the-winning-and-giving-spirt-of-floyd-little/

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