Temple announced the creation of the Ann McKernan Field Hockey Endowment Fund last week. Ann McKernan Robinson, a former Temple field hockey, basketball and lacrosse player, and her husband Armand I. Robinson pledged $1.1 million.
This gift is the largest Temple Athletics has ever received. “I hope to be on the sidelines when Temple field hockey returns to the Final Four,” Robinson said in a statement. “But most of all, I hope that our gift will get other Temple alums to think about the assets they have and the legacies they could leave.”
The Owls have made four straight appearances in the Atlantic Ten Conference tournament, but have not made the NCAA Tournament since 1992. The team’s only Final Four appearance came in 1984.Coach Amanda Janney said she was happy to have Robinson continuing to be a part of the program.
“This is really going to help and provide more for the players,” Janney said.
“Overall, this program will provide the girls with whatever is needed.” The Robinsons donated $2 million in total, with the other $900,000 going to Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. While at Temple, Robinson played on a varsity field hockey team that boasted a 23-7-2 record.
The team went undefeated during her freshman season.
She graduated in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Temple’s College of Education.
Later, she taught and coached field hockey at Penn and Chestnut Hill.