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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.

Click here to read a note from Athletic Director Brad Bates on the legacy of Bill Flynn.

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:
New Publication,
BC Athletics Unrestricted

Flynn Fund donors were recently sent an investment update in the form of a new publication titled 'BC Athletics Unrestricted'. The goal of the piece is to inform BC alumni, parents and friends on the importance of unrestricted giving, show how current use gifts benefit our student-athletes and provide an update on our financial progress. Learn more about unrestricted giving and hear about the role of current use gifts in BC Baseball's run to the NCAA Super Regional.


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
    click here to learn more about your direct impact
  • 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.

A lifelong resident of Winchester, Sherman W. “Whip” Saltmarsh, Jr., is the founder of the Saltmarsh Insurance Agency, a team of dedicated insurance experts that has managed the evolving insurance needs for three generations of families and businesses throughout New England—for more than 50 years.

In 1991, Saltmarsh was elected to the BC Varsity Club Hall of Fame for his efforts as part of the BC hockey team from 1950 through 1953, having played in the first-ever Beanpot Tournament in 1952. He is a founding member of the Flynn Fund (then known as the Blue Chips), which raised $25,000 in its first year to support BC athletic programs. Since, the Flynn Fund has grown significantly, raising approximately $20 million last year. In addition, Saltmarsh served as treasurer of the Boston College Varsity Club in 1966, president of the Pikes Peak Club in 1967, and a member of the Executive Committee for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Saltmarsh has served the community through a distinguished 43-year career in public service, including 14 years as a state representative in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he worked to advance transportation, economic development, finance, public works, and education programs. During his tenure, he secured more than $30 million dollars in state grants for total revitalization of downtown Winchester, and he authored and filed legislation to purchase the town’s MBTA station.

Saltmarsh received the 2015 Massachusetts Aviation Hall of Fame Award for his service as chairman of the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission, which facilitated a record procurement of federal funds for airport creation and renovation in Massachusetts. His continuing devotion to public service is evident in his membership and participation on a variety of committees.

Saltmarsh has received numerous awards for his outstanding contributions and distinguished service in the public and private sectors, including for his commitment to youth sports and education programs.

Saltmarsh and his wife, Ruby, along with their family, are close followers and active supporters of Boston College sports teams and are also active in local charities and volunteer programs.

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

2015-2016 Curley Award Winner


Steve Novak

Senior Associate Athletic Director, Development & Strategic Initiatives

Peter Boston

Director of Development for Athletics

Danielle Gaynor

Senior Associate Director, Athletics Annual Fund

Travis DeMar

Associate Director, Athletic Major Giving

Jade Prickett

Assistant Director, Athletic Stewardship & Donor Relations

Patrick Hart

Assistant Director, Athletics Leadership Giving

Joe Castaldi

Assistant Director, Flynn Fund Operations

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