SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The Pirate Blue Athletic Fund set a record in raising over $1.5 million for the Seton Hall University Athletics Department in fiscal year 2012 (July 1-June 30). A 36% increase from fiscal year 2011.
"We are so thankful for the support of our generous alumni, parents and friends," said Patrick Lyons, Director of Athletics. "Funding challenges are a reality and the importance of cultivating new donors and growing our current support is more important now than ever. The support of our donors will allow the athletics department to move forward and complete much needed facility projects as well as maintain a growing operating budget."
In addition to unrestricted support, funds were raised towards several capital projects including an extensive renovation to the men's basketball locker room, the purchase of a sport court practice surface for the women's volleyball team, golf simulator equipment for the men's and women's golf programs and a new scoreboard for Owen T. Carroll Field that will be installed later in 2012.
"Private support is needed to fund a top tier athletics program," commented Bryan Felt, Associate Athletic Director of Development. "Whether our needs were operational or capital our alumni and fans have stepped up as leaders to help facilitate an outstanding student-athlete experience."
Numerous projects crucial to Seton Hall athletics are ahead, including a new fitness center for the entire University community and the renovation of the athletic training room, both projects will begin later this summer. In addition, plans are in place to build a new student-athlete academic support services facility. A campaign will also be announced later this year to raise funds to construct new locker room facilities for all of Seton Hall's Olympic sports - a project that will be a vital element in the recruiting process and a significant enhancement for current student-athletes.