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Meisch family honors SBU’s Crowley with $75,000 gift to the Women’s Basketball Locker Room Campaign

Meisch family honors SBU’s Crowley with $75,000 gift to the Women’s Basketball Locker Room Campaign

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. -- St. Bonaventure University alumnus John H. Meisch and his wife, Kay, have committed $75,000 to St. Bonaventure University’s Women’s Basketball Locker Room Project.

The gift is a tribute to St. Bonaventure University women’s basketball head coach Jim Crowley and last season’s nationally ranked Bonnies (31-4), who went unbeaten in the Atlantic 10 and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Crowley, a two-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, was named ESPN’s National Coach of the Year for 2011-2012. The Bonnies have won 20 or more games each of the last four seasons.

“On behalf of our entire program, I want to thank John and Kay for this incredibly generous gift,” said Crowley. “They understand how important the new locker room is to sustaining our success as a basketball program. Their commitment will positively impact our program for decades.  I am deeply humbled by their support.”

The university recently launched the locker room project to raise $300,000 for the construction of a new locker room and meeting space for the team. The improvements will advance the student-athletes’ academic, competitive and social development, and will meet or exceed Atlantic 10 Conference standards. 

“Jim Crowley and the women’s basketball team have brought the spirit of St. Bonaventure to new heights,” said the Meisches. “With the many hours that the team spends in training, they deserve better facilities. It is a pleasure to contribute to the women’s locker room in honor of Jim Crowley.”

Longtime supporters of the University, the Meisches are principal patrons of the University’s annual Francis Week celebration, and have sponsored the Fr. Jerome Kelly Francis Week speaker for more than a decade. They are also frequent hosts for alumni and presidential events at their homes in California and Canandaigua.

John Meisch, a member of the class of 1958, was named the 2008 William P. “Stax” McCarthy Alumnus of the Year and has served on the National Alumni Association Board. In the past decade, the Meisches have supported the Bonaventure Fund, Students in Free Enterprise, and various initiatives in the offices of alumni and admissions. 

Kay Meisch, a 20-year member of the Keuka College Board of Trustees, wanted to honor Coach Crowley, a Keuka alumnus inducted this year into the Keuka College Athletics Hall of Fame.

Under the leadership of a volunteer committee led by Jim Crowley, Mary Jane Telford ’75, Marti Whitmore ’85, Denise Dee ’89, Bob Crowley ’71, Marv Stocker ’65, and Shannon O’Connell Dan ’01, more than $233,000 has been raised to date.  The Meisches’ contribution represents 25 percent of the $300,000 needed to build the new space.

Persons interested in donating should contact Steve Mest, ’91, associate athletic director for external relations at (716) 375-2319, or visit www.sbu.edu/wbblockerroom.