The late Steve Calafer was known as an indefatigable advocate and NJIT ambassador as a member of the university’s long-standing supervisory board and philanthropist.
In honor of his legacy, the school announced last week that it has reopened the sports department’s academic support center as the Calafer Family Educational Studio.
NJIT President Joel Bloom said recognizing is a worthy honor for a person greater than life.
“Steve was a star everywhere he went,” Bloom said. “She was a star who lit a room, a star who turned back, and a star who cared about our students.”
Calafer, the founder of the Flemington family of cars and branded cars, had many businesses in his life – and perhaps as the founder and owner of the Somerset Patriots, a real estate developer and as a filmmaker who was nominated for four academies. Awards as a documentary film producer.
Moreover, he was a great benefactor. Before his death in 2021, Calafers established the Calafer Family Scholarship at NJIT with a seven-figure financial commitment. This scholarship is in addition to the Steve Calafer Scholarship, which was established in 2008.
NJIT officials said last week’s ceremony was an opportunity to commemorate his impact on the school.
Lenny Kaplan, vice president and sports director of NJIT, said his influence has reached everyone.
“Steve understood the values of friendship, partnership, education and hard work,” he said. “The Calafer Family Educational Studio plays an important role in the development of our student athletes as it is their educational home to support and the home of our leadership academy program.”