With the news and arguments floating around these days, the world as a whole can be a place that can beat even the most optimistic person down. But in this, the season of giving, it's an institution with virtually no link to Boston College that can provide the Gatorade rejuvenation for all of our souls.
Endicott College, a private school of roughly 2,500 students based out of Beverly, Massachusetts, is honoring the Eagle hero who is proving an inspiration through a courageous fight. The college announced on Wednesday that when it breaks ground on its new dorm hall, it will name the building after former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates. In addition, the school offered a full, four-year scholarship to Pete's daughter, Lucy, when she is ready to attend college.
Frates, a Beverly native, attended nearby St. John's Prep in Danvers before matriculating to Boston College to play baseball. But it's been his fight against ALS since being diagnosed in March, 2012 that's made him a household name stretching from New England to a worldwide audience. The face of the ice bucket challenge from two summers ago, Frates' fight against Lou Gehrig's Disease has been an inspiration, and Endicott chose, unexpectedly, to honor is name so that his legacy may continue to live on.
The school will open the dorm in the fall of 2016, and it will house roughly 225 students.
For more information about ALS, go visit the ALS Association website by clicking here. You can also visit the Pete Frates #3 Fund by clicking here.