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Jan. 19, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 9

Boston College Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo and his wife Anne.

DeFilippo Gift to Boost Women's Athletics

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

A $100,000 gift to the University by Boston College Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo and his wife Anne will establish a scholarship for a deserving female student-athlete.

Their gift will endow the DeFilippo Family Scholarship, which is to be awarded annually to a female student-athlete with financial need.

"This is my ninth year at Boston College and Anne and I both have become totally committed to this institution and we believe wholeheartedly in what Boston College stands for," DeFilippo said. "Boston College has been so good to us, we wanted to give something back and this is a great opportunity for us to do it.

"In my work, I'm out there raising money all the time and I'm always preaching to people the value of endowments. We thought what better way to invest back into the University than to endow a scholarship?"

DeFilippo said many people readily identify with BC's major sports, such as football, men's and women's basketball and ice hockey. "But I have seen how hard and how dedicated the student-athletes are who compete in some of the other sports. We thought of several different areas, but together we said, 'We'd like to help some young woman who maybe otherwise couldn't afford to go to Boston College.'"

The DeFilippos are the parents of three children, John, a member of the coaching staff of the New York Giants football team; Christine, MA '00, a guidance counselor at Beaver Country Day School in Brookline; and Mary, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Boston College field hockey team.

"The reason we want to call it the 'DeFilippo Family Scholarship' is that we also want to teach our children that giving back is very, very important," DeFilippo said. "We hope that their children will someday come to Boston College and they will also contribute to the scholarship so that it will continue to grow and grow."

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