Aug 21, 2013
Throughout Flynn Fund Appreciation Week, the Flynn Fund office will be spotlighting a different BC Athletics donor. As this initiative continues, today's donor spotlight focuses on Scott '85 and Kathy '87 Harrington of Riverside, Conn.
Many remember Scott as captain of the 1984-85 football team that miraculously beat Miami on a last-second Hail Mary pass and went on to win the Cotton Bowl. In the years following graduation from BC, Kathy spent most of her professional career with Dun and Bradstreet, as well as Accenture, and also earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. Scott, who currently serves as Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Cash Equities at J.P. Morgan, also earned an MBA from the Wharton School. The couple has two boys, Scooter (15) and Jack (17), both of whom are outstanding athletes in Fairfield County.
In addition to being generous supporters of the Flynn Fund, Scott and Kathy have been actively involved with their reunion committees, the Wall Street Council and are outstanding ambassadors for BC. For the many ways Harrington's enrich the experiences of students at the Heights, Boston College is truly grateful. Below you will find Scott and Kathy's thoughts pertaining to supporting athletics at BC.
Why do you feel it is important to support BC Athletics?
Athletics has allowed our entire family to connect to Boston College! It has given us great memories. When our kids were little we were able to travel to the ACC basketball tournament, bowl games and ACC Championship football games. In addition, we attended regular season games and tailgates. The kids looked forward to seeing our tailgate buddies every week! Now they are older and they are mostly too busy to get to some of the games, but we come together to support and cheer on the teams when they are on TV. It has allowed our family to share a common goal. Athletics has given to us so much that we enjoy supporting the school and giving back. We give to BC because we want the University to offer great facilities and services so that the experience will be as good for future generations of fans!
To what designation did you choose to give and why?
We give at the Gasson Society Level to the Flynn Fund. Our main focus is to give enough to really make a difference. The University has given us so much that we try to step up when we can to give back and help the next generation of BC students.
How would you like to see your gift impact today's generation of BC students?
We would like to see our gift impact the school by allowing BC to continue its tradition of being academically rigorous as well as athletically competitive. Employers understand that the athletes coming out of BC are well prepared for the workplace and not just the playing field. They see that the University attracts top athletes who also value education. It is a unique atmosphere that only a handful of institutions have been able to foster.
With so many great charitable organizations you could choose to support, why do you include BC among your philanthropic priorities?
Boston College has given us lifelong friends and memories. It is a school that we are proud to have attended and be affiliated with in the future. We hope that the University has the resources to continue to give that opportunity to others. Contributing to an academic institution means you are giving people the means to support themselves, to support their families. Giving to support the bright ambitious students in the BC community means you are impacting thousands of lives down the road.
Please share one of your most memorable experiences as a Boston College student.
One wouldn't be enough, but we loved being able to support the Eagles when they were outside of Chestnut Hill. Attending the Cotton Bowl, Beanpot and basketball conference tournaments with our friends and fellow students were definitely some of the highlights.
Describe your experiences cheering-on the Eagles on game day.
We pack up the tent, coolers and grill and drive from our home in Fairfield County, Connecticut, to BC. We usually arrive right when the gates open and go to our spot by the Plex. Pulling into the lot are all of our tailgate friends. Our kids run out and immediately start playing touch/tackle football with the other kids while the parents socialize and start up the grills. During the Eagle Walk, we all go over to cheer on the team as the players enter the stadium. The kids still get excited to get a wave or a high five from the players. Our younger son is always the first into his seat. He is always sitting well before the kickoff. After the game, we hang around and talk about the game and we are always happy that we made the effort to support the team and then move on to talk about the chances for the next game.
How have you seen BC change since you were a student?
The campus is more beautiful than we remember it. Some of the new dorms and buildings are great additions. Our seats are right next to the student section and one of the great things about BC is the ability the school has always had to attract terrific, well-rounded students. They work hard academically but have a strong sense of spirit and pride as they cheer on their classmates on the field. Mostly, it hasn't changed. It remains a school that kids love being at! It has retained its ability to be a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Its desirability factor is extremely high. Kids want to go there and parents want their kids to go there. The people who come out of BC continue to impress. We hope it doesn't change.
What would you say to a friend who was considering joining the Flynn Fund?
The Flynn Fund enables BC to continue being an institution that develops gifted student-athletes and then sends them into the world to have a positive impact. Whether it is as teachers, nurses, businessmen, doctors or any other endeavor. As a Flynn Fund donor, you can foster that effort and make sure the University continues its mission. Attending a school with a big-time athletic program is an iconic college experience and helps students keep a sense of involvement with their alma mater long after they graduate.
What are you most looking forward to in 2013-14 season?
Returning to glory! BC has had a couple of lean years but a long history of competitive success prior to that. It will be a lot of fun to be there as we get to bowl eligible status. We are looking forward to Coach Addazio's energy and enthusiasm on and off the field. We are looking forward to seeing the new athletic mission and what the future of BC looks like in the new athletic administration's eyes. It feels like a new beginning and that is always exciting. We are glad to be a part of it all!