Upper Canada College Old Boy Stu Lang ’70, who donated $11 million to the school’s Think Ahead campaign and had the Lang Scholar Program created in his honour, has now made a substantial gift to the institution he attended after graduating: Queen’s University.
Lang, who was a star for the Gaels football team, has pledged a lead gift of $10 million toward the revitalization of the Kingston, Ont. university’s Richardson Stadium. Queen’s will undertake a special campaign over the next few months to raise the remainder of the $25 million required to modernize the 40-year-old facility.
Lang graduated from Queen’s in 1974 with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering and went on to a successful eight-season Canadian Football League career with the Edmonton Eskimos, for which he won five Grey Cup championships.
“It is a privilege for me to make this pledge to my alma mater,” says Lang. “My wife and I met at Queen’s.
“My experience as a student athlete prepared me well for the rest of my life. A big part of my personal development occurred outside the classroom as athletics, more than anything, shaped my life. I am happy to support Queen’s through my contribution to Richardson Stadium.”
Lang’s generosity and vision are already paying dividends at UCC, as his donation provides funds to enable high-potential boys to attend the school regardless of their means. Due to the support of Lang and other members of the UCC community, the College has given $3.7 million in financial assistance to 171 boys this year alone.
The Lang Scholar Program, created in honour of the largest single gift to any independent school in Canada, distinguishes the achievements of UCC’s best athletes, students and leaders. It emphasizes three cornerstones of leadership: athleticism; academic achievement; and strength of character. Nine talented boys became the inaugural Lang Scholars in this school year.
UCC has further honoured Lang by placing a congratulatory ad in the March 24 issue of The Globe and Mail that recognizes his ongoing philanthropy and munificence to the two institutions closest to his heart.