Friar Athletic Fundraising Has Another Record Setting Year Generating $6.6 Million

Aug. 9, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College Athletics Director Bob Driscoll announced today that the Athletic Department had another successful year fundraising, generating a record $6.6 million for the 2016-17 Fiscal Year. It marked the 10th consecutive year that the Department established a record for fundraised dollars.

“We are very appreciative that so many people have given back to Providence College Athletics," Driscoll said. "The generosity of all the Friar supporters has enabled us to transform into a championship program. The success we have achieved is due to the philanthropic efforts of our supporters, the superb coaches and elite student athletes that commit to achieve the highest level of excellence every day. Under the leadership of Father Brian J. Shanley, the board of trustees, the cabinet, and the athletic department staff, Providence College Athletics has reached new heights.”

Providence College Athletics finished the year with a record amount in dollars raised, surpassing $6.6 million for the first time ever. With over 4,300 donors the College has raised over $50 million over the past 10 years for Friar Athletics. All of the money raised for Providence College Athletics goes directly to support 19 Division I BIG EAST and Hockey East programs and over 350 student-athletes.

Over the past several years, Providence College athletics has invested in building Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium, renovating Alumni Hall, renovating Schneider Arena, renovating Taylor Natatorium, a new softball field (Glay Stadium), Ray Treacy Track, and a new field hockey turf. The Ruane Development Center is currently under construction and will become the new home for the men’s basketball program. In addition to a new academic center that will be a resource for the entire student body, the facility will also provide two practice courts, new locker rooms, a basketball specific strength and conditioning room, and the newest technologies for rest and recovery in a state of the art training room.

“Providence College Athletics is blessed to have so many special individuals who invest in our student-athletes and facilities," Senior Associate Executive Athletics Director Steve Napolillo said. "Every dollar donated makes a significant impact on the lives of our student-athletes as they pursue a first class education and compete for BIG EAST, Hockey East, and National Championships. We look to continue to raise significant funds to invest in scholarships and facilities that will allow us to recruit and retain the best coaches and student-athletes in the country.”

To make a donation to support the Friars Forever Athletic Fund or sport of your choice, please visit at any time or contact Steve Napolillo at 401-865-2677 or


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