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"My Social Good News" featured Pace Athletics in "Pace Receives $1 Million Athletics Gift"

02/14/2019

"My Social Good News" featured Pace Athletics in "Pace Receives $1 Million Athletics Gift"

Pace University Athletics has received a $1 million gift from B.J. Finnerty, the wife of the late Peter X. Finnerty, to support the program and honor the legacy of her late husband who was a coach and the father of the Pace Athletics.

A portion of the gift will be used to establish the Athletics Fund, which will provide for the ongoing care, maintenance and improvement of Peter X. Finnerty Field, which serves as the home for the Pace baseball and field hockey teams, the “Setters,” and is used for other activities such as intramural sports for Pace students.

The remainder of the gift will enhance an existing endowed scholarship fund in honor of Finnerty. The scholarship is awarded to Pace student-athletes who demonstrate financial need and meet certain academic requirements.

“I am thrilled to be able to announce such an impactful gift to support Pace student-athletes and our community,” said Pace Director of Athletics Mark Brown. “Private support is integral to the continued success of Pace Athletics and we thank Mrs. Finnerty for her incredible generosity.”

“Peter X. Finnerty personified the values of discipline and hard work and, in keeping with the University motto Opportunitas, he was committed to helping students realize their potential,” said Brown. “To be able to honor his legacy in this way reminds us of the proud history and traditions that he established, which laid the foundation for today’s students and future Setters who will benefit for many years to come.”

Peter X. Finnerty was Director of Athletics, Director of Alumni Relations, athlete, professor, coach, and inductee of the Pace University Hall of Fame. He established the Athletics and Recreation Program at Pace University in 1947. Finnerty served the University and its students for more than 40 years. He was the Director of Athletics from 1947-1988 as well as the men’s basketball coach from 1948-1960 and the baseball coach from 1948-1964.

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