Frank McLaughlin, FCRH ’69, first made his mark on Fordham athletics nearly 50 years ago as a standout basketball player and team leader. Later, while serving as director of athletics for nearly three decades, he brought new pride to Fordham sports and helped bring out the best in student-athletes on the playing field and in the classroom.
In light of all he has done for the University, we invite you to support a new fundraising effort that will memorialize Frank’s legacy and advance the athletics program to which he devoted so much of his professional life.
As Frank’s career approaches the half-century mark, we ask you to join us in celebrating his many contributions to the University and its teams by making an investment in the future of Fordham athletics.
We seek to raise $2.5 million in cash commitments to:
- Replace all lower spectator seating
- Install a new state-of-the-art wood surface
- Create a hospitality suite in the upper balcony
- Help fund charter flights for the men’s and women’s basketball teams
Upon reaching this fundraising goal, we will rename the court in honor of Frank and his family.
The Frank McLaughlin Family Basketball Court, with these enhancements, will continue to be known as one of the most vibrant, challenging places to play in the Atlantic 10. It will serve as a tribute not only to Frank but also to the McLaughlin family legacy at Fordham, first established by Frank and his brothers Walter, Jackie, and Tommy and carried on today by Frank and Susan’s three daughters, all of them Rams: Tara Marie (Class of 1999), Mary Heather (Class of 2002), and Colleen Patrice (Class of 2005).