Kevin, Brian, and Mike Hynes said that attending Marist left an imprint on them. And so, they returned the favor by making an imprint on Marist. In late November, the three brothers were joined by family, friends, and Marist administrators and students as what had been the “new” gym became the Hynes Family Gymnasium in honor of their parents, Legoria and the late Robert.
The brothers said they wanted to thank their parents for the sacrifices they made for them and to acknowledge the foundation Marist provided in their lives. “Marist is a pretty special place for the Hynes family,” Mike ’91 said. “We wanted to offer a token of our appreciation in a way that reflected the values we were taught at home and reinforced at school.”
“We stand on the shoulders of families like yours,” Marist President Br. Hank Hammer said to the Hynes clan during the dedication ceremony. He pointed out that it was first Robert and Legoria who made the sacrifices that allowed their three sons to attend Marist, and that now the three men are stepping up to make a sacrifice so that others might benefit from the Marist experience. Speaking to students at the ceremony Br. Hank said, “I hope you can appreciate the fact that after graduating, the Hynes brothers could have walked away from Marist. They didn’t. They continued to stay involved and support the mission.” He challenged the students to follow their lead, and to one day give back to Marist so that the tradition continues.
The Hynes brothers have been involved at Marist in many ways over the years as committee members, event participants, and generous donors. Kevin and Brian are both Marist parents. Brian has also been on the boys basketball coaching staff for several years. They followed the example their parents set, as both Legoria and Robert were always devoted Marist supporters, participating in the Mothers’ and Fathers’ Clubs, along with other activities at the school.
The Hynes Family Gymnasium, which was built in 2007, is a heavily used facility. It is the site of lower level athletics, physical education classes, special events, grammar school games, camps and more.
For their dedication to Marist, Kevin, Brian, and Mike will receive Marist’s Time & Eternity Award during the annual alumni dinner and awards night in April.