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.