Continuing a lifelong tradition of philanthropy, Howard Levine ’77 made a transformational $1 million gift toward Charlotte Latin’s Vision2020 campaign, one of the largest capital gifts in the school’s history, thus naming our south campus.
My years at Latin were so important to me,” said Howard Levine ’77. “It is for that reason that deciding to make this gift was so easy.
The Howard Levine Athletic Campus was officially named in a ceremony on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Surrounded by classmates, friends, family, and members of the Latin community, Levine spoke of his experience at Latin.
I didn’t know what I was getting when I was here,” Levine said. “As an adult, I now vividly recognize and acknowledge the opportunities that a Latin education allowed me. The culture is still in place after 50 years and that is phenomenal.
Levine’s gift showcases Latin’s south campus as an athletic complex. Head of School Chuck Baldecchi said, “This portion of our campus is a special place that the Board and school leadership had the wisdom to purchase when they had the opportunity. These acres truly differentiate Charlotte Latin. Athletics are an extension of the classroom, bringing people together with self-sacrifice, teamwork, and an incredible amount of spirit at the core.”
Levine began his journey at Charlotte Latin School in 1970 as a sixth-grade student. His path continued into Upper School and onto the basketball court, and afterward to UNC-Chapel Hill. He would graduate then return to Charlotte, where he is a family man, a respected businessman, and a philanthropist. Dr. Ken Collins recalls Levine best as that basketball player. “He was an excellent playmaker, a position which helped his team succeed by helping his teammates score,” said Doc Collins. “That’s what Howard has been doing his whole life.”
Classmate Jeff Goodman ’77 spoke about his friend and his accomplishments, “Howard’s efforts away from the board room have been a blessing to many people. The naming of this campus is an ongoing reminder of his generosity. Thank you.”
The Howard Levine Athletic Campus includes playing and practice fields, concessions, locker rooms, a training room, cross country trails, a lake, and a tennis complex.
“Certainly, Howard Levine exemplifies what it means to serve others and to give back. Thanks to this generous gift, we can honor our mission to students for generations to come. On behalf of the Board and the entire Latin community, we could not be more grateful.” said Board Chair Thad Sharrett ’89.
A midday ceremony and unveiling were followed by lunch with special guests, including Levine’s classmates from the Class of 1977.