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Donor Spotlight: David Svob

David comes from a long line of Sun Devils, and truly embodies the mantra of being a Sun Devil For Life. David is a proud and strong philanthropic supporter of Sun Devil Hockey. The Svob family legacy will live on in perpetuity through the establishment of an endowment in the family name. We asked David a few questions about why he supports Sun Devil Athletics:

In what ways are you connected to ASU? Been connected my whole life as I was born a Sun Devil. I am a proud Sun Devil graduate, class of 1982. I attended nursery school on campus while my father, Art Svob, pursued a degree in Architecture. My grandfather; Robert Svob, was a life long fixture at ASU for over 50 years! My grandfathers wife, Nadine Svob, was also an ASU graduate. My mother, Ann Svob Marker, is an ASU retiree. 

I spent my grade school years in Bethlehem, PA and was in recent conversation with my grade school crush. We were discussing if our paths would have been different had my family stayed in PA and if I  completed high school there. Where would I have gone to College?  I told her there would be no doubt that I would have gone to Arizona State University...I was going to be a Sun Devil no matter what!

What does it mean to you to be a Sun Devil and be a part of the Sun Devil Family? How does it help connect you with your community? I have been afforded the ability to live many places in my life- Seattle, Denver, Tulsa, San Diego, and the Bay Area. The one constant no matter where I was, was that I was always keeping that connection via Alumni Chapters.  Shout out to Orange County Alumni Chapter!  Great Diverse Chapter Family! Being a Proud Sun Devil is what grounds me in life!  I travel to Tempe often, each trip pretty much always involves a Sun Devil Sporting Event. 

Why do you think it is important to support student-athletes and Sun Devil Athletics? Life is tough enough and I give a major kudo's to all those student-athletes that are pursuing their academic and athletic dreams. The sacrifice, dedication, and determination to survive and excel in the complexities of life is incredibly inspiring. Seeing all ASU student-athlete representatives, whether it be in the professional leagues or Olympics; excel and rise to the top, just warms my heart!  That is why support is important!

Why did you, and what motivated you (and your family), to create an endowment? I have always said this is not about me. An endowment is about those that have come before me and hopefully the Svob's that come after me. My grandfather, Robert Svob, after his retirement from ASU Physical Plant, was a part time Athletic Department employee. As a member of the grounds crew, Robert looked after the Whitman Tennis facility and the Sun Angel Track. The reason I have directed the endowment to support the Sun Devil Hockey program is one that has a very personal connection to me. The new multipurpose arena that will house the hockey program is being built on the very grounds that my grandfather walked, worked, and enjoyed his later years. Why Hockey?  My nephew, Robert Svob, is a pretty good Hockey player in Southern Cal and he also bears my grandfather's namesake.  As one has to look to the future and not only the past; this is why I chose Sun Devil Hockey.  Additionally, this was a way that I could leave a lasting legacy while honoring my family's contribution to the city of Tempe and Arizona State University.

What is your vision for your endowment? Vision is to continue to grow endowment over the next 10 years to where it benefits an annual scholarship.  I like a challenge; it will get done!

Describe the most exciting game/Sun Devil moment you’ve experienced. There have been so many! 1977 was a special year with Baseball and Track Winning National Titles.

But, hands down "The Catch" in the Territorial Cup to beat the Cats and propel the Devils to the 1975 Fiesta Bowl.  It just doesn't get any better!

If you could have dinner with any Sun Devil student-athlete/coach/staff member from the past or present, who would it be and why?

Charlie Taylor. As a young kid living in Bethlehem PA, awakening with sports idols was through trading cards. Charlie Taylor provided that ASU connection for me as he was the closest (Washington Redskins) idol in proximity to where we lived.

Jerry Smith, ranks up there as well. I would often sneak a peak and watch him compete during the Redskins training camp when it was in Carlisle, PA.   

The Sun Devil Club would like to thank David for his continued support of Sun Devil Athletics. For more information on ways to get involved with the Sun Devil Club, please contact us by email at sundevilclub@asu.com or by phone at (480) 727-7700.

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