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Ray Lawry

Football, Senior

"Because of you, I was able to receive a scholarship and play in front of the best fans in college football."

Donor Spotlight

Name:  Matt DeLong

Are you an alumnus of ODU? Yes, Class of 2005

What is your favorite memory of ODU Athletics? I’ve been a men’s basketball season ticket holder since I graduated and a football season ticket holder since the program was restarted.  Over the years I have many fantastic memories of ODU Athletics.  If I had to choose just one it would be ODU’s overtime win over VCU in the semifinals of the 2010 men’s CAA tournament in Richmond.  The Richmond Coliseum was rocking that afternoon and to down VCU in their “backyard” in overtime was a memory I will never forget!


Why do you support ODU Athletics and its student-athletes?  I’m proud to be an ODU alumnus.  I really enjoy athletics at the collegiate level and living in Hampton Roads allows me to attend many ODU athletic events.  By supporting the athletes through my family’s attendance at events and financially through the ODAF I feel as though I am giving back to a University that provided me with so much.


What do you like most about ODU as a whole?  I like that ODU prepares its’ students not only to graduate from college, but to be equipped for the rest of their lives.  When I graduated from the Batten College of Engineering I felt very well minded as I transitioned from my college career to my professional nuclear engineering career.  Looking back ten years later, I still feel that ODU played a significant role in equipping me for the challenges I have faced since graduation.


What makes you the most proud of ODU?  The positive footprint ODU is leaving on the world through its graduated alumni.  If you look around the Hampton Roads area, the State of Virginia, the rest of the country, and abroad, there are ODU alumni working every day to make the world a better place.  I’m proud to be a small part of those who represent ODU improving our world.


If you could describe ODU in one word, what word would it be and why?  Dynamic.  The amount the university has grown and evolved since I graduated really impresses me.  I grew up in the Hampton Roads area when ODU had the reputation of a local “commuter” school.  The constant improvement of the University including new academic programs, new academic buildings, new dorms, a brand new dining hall, and new athletic programs proves to me that ODU is a dynamic University.  No one can claim that ODU is a “commuter” school anymore!


Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself? I’m a true blue Monarch!  I once flew round-trip in the same day just so I could watch our football team take on Georgia State in the Georgia Dome.  It’s the only time in my life I’ve walked on an airplane with absolutely nothing but my wallet and keys!  That was a fun day and another great ODU athletics memory (and we won the game!).



matt delong