An alumnus and former student athlete of The Catholic University of America has committed $100,000 to establish the Franny Murray Endowment for the University’s Department of Athletics.
The anonymous donor’s initial pledge — the minimum endowment level at Catholic University — sets in motion the goal of raising at least $500,000 to support University student athletes. The endowment honors a man who dedicated 70 years to the athletics department prior to his death last August at the age of 94.
“This fund will enhance the ability to purchase new equipment for Catholic University student athletes on an annual basis, giving the Cardinals the competitive edge they need to continue their great success at the conference, regional and national stages,” said Sean Sullivan, associate vice president and director of athletics.
More than 100 of Murray’s relatives, friends, and former student athletes gathered last month during the University’s Cardinal Weekend to celebrate his life and dedication to the athletics department. At a reception following the football game that weekend, they shared memories of a man who befriended countless students and worked as the department’s equipment manager into his 90s.
“This is a special way that the athletics department has chosen to honor Murray’s memory while also impacting the lives and experiences of every Cardinal student athlete for generations to come,” added Sullivan.
In order to create a greater impact in Murray’s name, the athletics department invites others to consider making a gift to the endowment by contacting Patrick Dwyer, director of development for athletics, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-319-5288.