A Message From Mike Lynch

To the friends of BU Athletics:

In the nearly century-long history of Boston University athletics, there have been many extraordinary accomplishments and sensational moments, including five national championships in men’s hockey, a national championship game for women’s hockey a mere six years after the program was founded, and seven appearances in the NCAA men’s basketball tourney, including a trip to the Elite Eight.

Boston University has produced scores of Olympians, a member of baseball’s Hall of Fame, several NBA players, and over 60 members of the NHL—more than any other American university. In recent years, our 23 varsity teams—13 women’s and 10 men’s—have dominated their conferences. Boston University captured the America East Conference Commissioner’s Cup, awarded to the school with the strongest athletic program, seven years in a row and ten times in the last eleven years.

Our athletes are our ambassadors

But just as important as these athletic accomplishments are the achievements of our student athletes in the classroom and the community. The graduation rate for BU athletes is 95 percent; their cumulative grade point average is over 3.0. All athletes are required to perform service beyond the BU campus; in 2010­–11, athletes put in 4,500 hours of community service.

Our teams and our athletes are our ambassadors. Whether they are at a track meet in Texas or facing a top-20 basketball team on national television, Boston University’s student athletes are the lens through which the University is seen. And closer to home, when they enter the classroom, they represent not only their teams, but also the entire athletics community.

It’s true: A great university deserves great athletics. In fact, a great university needs great athletics—and great athletes deserve a great education: the kind they can only receive at an institution able to strike the balance between student and athlete, the kind they can only receive at Boston University.

Please join us in our ambitious effort to support our student athletes and strengthen BU athletics.

Sincerely,

Michael P. Lynch
Assistant Vice President and
Director of Athletics

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