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The Flynn Fund is an avenue by which alumni, parents and friends can invest in advancing the mission of athletics at Boston College. Dollars raised by the Flynn Fund provide critical financial resources such as scholarship support as well as training and competition needs so that BC Athletics can recruit and retain the highest caliber student-athletes.

Athletics play a significant role in the mission and spirit of Boston College. The University's athletic program embodies the Jesuit endeavor to educate the whole person. Rather than existing as an entity separate from the University's academic mission, athletics complement the intellectual and spiritual life of Boston College. The University's student-athletes demonstrate intensive self-discipline, motivation, and heart, excelling not only as competitors, but also as advanced and committed scholars.

Varsity sports put the most deeply held principles of Boston College into action. In addition, they provide a unifying forum for students, alumni, relatives, and friends to remember their special connections with the University as they come together to cheer the Eagles on to victory.

Boston College and the Athletic Association announced the establishment of the William J. Flynn Fund in 1998. The Flynn Fund replaced Blue Chips as the central way in which individuals can support Boston College Athletics.

Bill Flynn '39 was associated with Boston College Athletics for nearly seven decades as a student-athlete, faculty member, coach, and athletic director. During that time his loyalty, dedication, foresight and integrity were examples of the highest qualities in intercollegiate athletics. Flynn served as the Director of Athletics at Boston College from 1957 until 1991. The Flynn Fund will always serve as a reminder to donors and student-athletes that his dedication to Boston College was the foundation for decades of institutional success.

"Bill would be so honored that his name will live on at Boston College through the Flynn Fund, because he was always so interested in the welfare of the student-athletes," said Marie Flynn, widow of the former athletic director. "Our whole family is so honored."

The William J. Flynn Fund provides our student-athletes and coaches with the resources that are necessary to compete at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics. Each athletic program has benefited directly from increased support for athletics. Donations to the Flynn Fund gives the Director of Athletics flexibility to use the funds where they are needed the most, with the great majority going to fund scholarships. One may also choose to designate their gift to one of our 31 varsity sport programs the specific program. Gifts to Boston College earmarked for athletics also qualify donors for membership in the Boston College Giving Societies.

Among the major goals of Boston College's $1.5 billion Light the World Campaign is building the financial resources for all men's and women's athletics programs. In order to provide this crucial support, the University is striving to expand its annual giving program, endowment for athletic scholarships, and the athletic facilities enhancement fund, enabling the recruitment of the nation's most gifted and deserving student-athletes. Support the mission of BC and make a gift to the Flynn Fund today.

Latest From the Flynn Fund:
BC Announces Strategic Plan, Capital Campaign in Support of Athletics

In September, Boston College Athletics announced the first strategic plan in its history, a comprehensive, five-year set of goals and aspirations that seeks to advance the program by fostering student-athlete formation, strengthening competitive excellence, increasing external engagement, and enhancing facilities.

The strategic plan will be supported by a $150 million capital campaign—also the first in program history and the largest athletics campaign of any ACC institution—called Greater Heights: The Campaign for Boston College Athletics.

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Boston College is pleased to be able to reward athletic donors with benefits throughout the year as a token of appreciation for their investment. Examples of donor benefits include:

  • Providing opportunities for BC student-athletes to excel in the classroom & on the field
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  • Access to premier seating at football, men’s basketball  & men’s ice hockey
  • Access to on-campus parking for football, men’s basketball & men’s ice hockey
  • Access to individual game tickets, away game tickets and post-season tickets
  • Invitations to special events such as Breakfast with the Eagles
  • Email correspondence from the Flynn Fund & BC student-athletes
  • Tax deduction

Curley Volunteer Award

The John P. Curley '13 Award honors an outstanding volunteer who has committed both time and resources to advance the efforts of Boston College and especially the Athletic Department. Named for BC Varsity Club Hall of Fame member John P. Curley '13, the senior football manager for the 1912 Boston College Eagles and Graduate Manager of Athletics from 1929 to 1957 who is widely acknowledged as having brought Boston College Athletics into the modern era, this award fittingly recognizes his lifetime commitment to Boston College and the Athletic Department.

Joe is a second-generation Eagle. He and his wife, Chris, have supported Boston College through both academics and athletics, establishing the Popolo Family Scholarship at the Carroll School of Management and the Edward F. Connelly Scholarship in support of the football program. The scholarship honors Joe's maternal grandfather, an outstanding high school athlete who was accepted to BC in 1927 but was unable to attend because of family financial issues. Chris and Joe have generously supported initiatives like the field house and have hosted newly admitted first year student send-off events.

A member of the Parents Leadership Council, Joe was also a member of the ADRC (Athletic Director Resource Committee) and is a long-time season ticket holder. He has traveled extensively to support BC Athletics and student-athletes.

Joe has been CEO of Freeman, the world's largest brand experience company, since 2008, during which time the company has experienced tremendous growth.

In 2013, Joe was recognized with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Southwest Area North region. He serves on the CEO Roundtable of the U.S. Travel Association, and previously served on the board of directors of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events and the board of trustees of the Professional Convention Management Association. Additionally, he is an associate of the Dallas Museum of Art and serves on the boards of trustees of St. Joseph's Residence, the Catholic Disability Foundation, and the Catholic Foundation of Dallas. He also serves on the advisory board of Circle 10 Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Chris and Joe are the proud parents of Kit '20, who is on the rowing team; Buck, a junior at Jesuit College Preparatory in Dallas; and Connor, a freshman at Cistercian Preparatory in Irving, Texas.

2001 Gregory P. Barber '69
2002 Alfred W. Branca '39
2003 Gerald B. Healy, M.D. '63
2004 John L. Harrington '57, MBA '66
2005 Timothy J. Connors, Jr. '76
2006 John V. Murphy '71
2007 Charles P. '66 and Elizabeth K. '67 Smith
2008 Thomas D. '52 and Regina K. McElroy
2009 David P. O'Connor '86 
2010 Michaela "Mikey" (Murphy) Hoag.
2011 Philip W. "Phil" Schiller '82
2012 Rich Canning '81
2013 Bob LeBlanc '71
2014 Jerry York '67
2015 Dr. Thomas Giblin '50
2016 Sherman "Whip" Saltmarsh, Jr. '53
2017 Patti Moores '85, P'20

2017-2018 Curley Award Winner


Wesley Ellison-Stewart

Senior Associate Athletic Director/Director of Development for Athletics

Danielle Gaynor

Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Annual Giving

Patrick Hart

Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Major Giving

Alyssa Francona

Associate Director, Athletics Stewardship

Jessica Conte

Associate Director, Athletics Major Giving

Whitney Pezza

Associate Director, Athletics Major Giving

Joe Castaldi

Associate Director, Flynn Fund Operations

Matt Graham

Associate Director, Athletics Annual Giving

Sarah Tuohy

Assistant Director, Athletic Events & Donor Engagement

Courtney Duncan

Development Assistant

Coleman Walsh

Development Assistant

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