The Boston College Varsity Club and Boston College Athletics honored Pete Frates with the BC Varsity Club Medal on Thursday for his service. Varsity Club President Richard J Schoenfield, Athletic Director Martin Jarmond, Head Baseball Coach Mike Gambino, and Senior Associate Athletics Director Vaugn Williams were all present in the Frates home for the ceremony.
Frates, a former BC outfielder with over 100 starts, was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 27. Since his diagnosis he has championed ALS awareness and raised money to find a cure, most famously in 2014 through the Ice Bucket Challenge. Frates’ efforts through social media led to a national phenomenon and raised over $220 million.
The BC Varsity Club President Richard Shoenfeld, along with #BCAD Martin Jarmond presented @PeteFrates3 with the prestigious Varsity Medal last night at his home. For more information go to bceagles.com. For more information about the fight go to petefrates.com. #WeAreBC #StrikeoutALS #BCFamily #BCBirdball
The first recipient of the BCVC Medal was Assistant AD Richard Kelley in November of 2012. Kelley graduated from Boston College in 1987 and worked for nearly two decades in athletics. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, and passed away in 2014.