» «
Pirate Blue Athletic Fund Exceeds Fundraising Goal for Fifth Straight Year

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Seton Hall University's Pirate Blue Athletic Fund ended fiscal year 2009 (July 1 - June 30) having raised $1,106,415, which surpassed its goal of $1.1 million. This achievement sets a new record, marking the fifth consecutive year that the fund has exceeded its fiscal-year goal. As Pirate Blue enters its 25th year, recent fundraising successes signal that Seton Hall Athletics is moving forward stronger than ever.

"It's a true testament to the passion of our donors that we have surpassed every fundraising goal we've set for the past five years.  It's a remarkable achievement this year in particular given the difficult economic climate," says Bryan Felt, Senior Director of Annual and Athletic Giving Programs. "More than 1,200 alumni, parents and other fans stepped up to make this another successful year."

Pirate Blue provides financial support for more than 250 student-athletes, who participate  in 17 varsity sports.  Contributions directly support scholarships, new equipment, and renovation and expansion of athletic facilities. 

"We take pride in being a part of our student-athletes' journey to be the best at their chosen sport, and we recognize that Pirate Blue members are the driving force behind our success in helping them to fulfill their dreams. On behalf of our talented young student-athletes, our coaches and the Pirate Blue staff, we are extremely grateful for the tremendous support we have received," says Joe Quinlan, Director of Athletics and Recreational Services.

Established in 1985 by Seton Hall's legendary player, coach and administrator Richie Regan, the Pirate Blue Athletic Fund generates more than 25 percent of the annual athletics operating budget.  Pirate Blue members are the "the team behind the team," ensuring that Seton Hall remains competitive in every aspect of college sports,  from recruiting top athletes to guaranteeing our students have the resources and tools to compete at the highest level.