It’s a locker room worthy of the Big Ten. That’s Ryck Suydam’s take on the newly renovated  facility at the Rutgers Athletic Center that bears his late father’s name, and it’s what Ryck envisioned when his family donated $350,000 for a stem- to-stern high-tech renovation of the  Abe Suydam Men’s Basketball Locker Room, which will be used by the Scarlet Knights men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling, and gymnastics teams. The Suydam gift—part of R Big Ten Build, the current campaign to raise $100 million for new and upgraded athletic facilities—will allow Rutgers athletes to compete more effectively in the Big Ten. “A recruit,” Ryck says, “is going to walk into this very slick locker room and say, ‘Hey, this is nice.’” Elite athletes will be impressed with Rutgers’ new facilities overall, he believes, but the locker room “will be the cherry on top.” For more than 60 years, Abe Suydam supported Scarlet Knights basketball as a player, manager, mentor, booster, donor, and fan, earning the unofficial title of “Godfather” of Rutgers men’s basketball. Now, his passion will help the team he loved take a great leap into the future.