Philadelphia, PA- The holiday season may come a bit early for the men's basketball team at Philadelphia University this year, as the Ram's new ‘Bill Keane Locker Room' is in the final stages of completion- scheduled to be finished by the New Year.
Keane was a former player for PhilaU Coach Herb Magee in the late 1980s and recently passed away from colon cancer in June 2009 at the age of 43.
"Billy was a terrific young man and a great teammate who always enjoyed the locker room banter- so it's appropriate that our new locker room be named after him," said Coach Magee. "I would like to thank his former teammates and everyone who contributed to this worthy cause."
The locker room project exceeded the original financial goal of $25,000 through generous gifts from alumni and Ram supporters, along with Keane's family and friends.
The new locker room will be full of goodies, including all-new custom-made wooden lockers and a 42" flat screen TV. Each men's basketball student-athlete will now have an individualized locker, complete with a personalized name plate and seating area. The new digs will also include a PlayStation 3 gaming system, Bose speakers and durable rubber flooring.
The new look is quite different from the Ram's previous accommodations, which featured red metallic lockers and a few plastic benches.
The Bill Keane Locker Room is set to be officially unveiled on Saturday (1/9) at 3 p.m. in the Gallagher Athletic Center, right after a men's basketball Alumni Game at 1:30 p.m. in the Bucky Harris Gym. A cocktail reception will be held following the dedication for invited guests as the Ram's host Felician College at 4 p.m.