I read “Game On,” the Fall 2015 cover
story about my classmate Sunil Gulati
’81, with great interest. Sunil and I
came to Lewisburg from the New
England states, studied economics
and spent a semester abroad in England
during our sophomore year. It was
during our semester abroad that I
got to know Sunil — his intelligence,
wit and passion for soccer. Sunil was a
wealth of knowledge about the English
Premier League and introduced me to
players during weekends in London,
where we traveled to watch matches.
In 1979 he was ahead of his time — a
U.S. citizen who was in love with the
game of soccer.
While soccer has always been one
of the world’s most popular sports, its
continued growth in both participation
and fan admiration in this country is
propelled by individuals such as Sunil.
[Gulati is the president of the U.S.
Soccer Federation.] I know firsthand
that this sport is in good hands. Thanks
to visionaries like Sunil, the growth in
soccer will endure. I feel honored to
have had the chance to know Sunil,
and I look forward to watching him
successfully serve as a global ambassador
for the sport he loves.
David Brond ’81
I stay up to date on University news
and affairs, primarily as a former
athlete who competed on the soccer
and lacrosse teams in the early 1970s.
I just finished reading the Fall 2015
issue of Bucknell Magazine, and it is
the best one that I have ever had the
pleasure of reading.
I thought that I would start by
reading the feature article on Sunil
Gulati ’81, yet I found that I attacked
the issue from cover to cover in the
order it was written. The kickoff
president’s message resonated with
me, being a former student-athlete.
I could go on and on. I have already
given copies of the article on Peter
Balakian ’73, the author of Black Dog
of Fate, to one of my most important
mentors and the article on Sunil Gulati
to the former Connecticut State
Junior Soccer Association president.
Congratulations on a job well done.
Gary Toubman ’76
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