November 29, 2017
LIVONIA, Mich. – Two years ago the Madonna University family lost alumnus and long-time Sports Information Director (SID) Patrick Moore at age 36. His colleagues mourned a professional gone too soon. Today, on the anniversary of his passing, University administrators and athletic staff are proud to announce plans to construct the Patrick Moore Memorial Press Box, for the soccer and lacrosse field, at the Madonna Athletic Complex, at the corner of Newburgh and 5 Mile Roads. To honor Moore and his legacy, the Press Box will be everything he would have wanted, so that current and future sports information directors can perform at the top of their games. In addition to private donations, the building will be funded with proceeds from a golf outing being planned for Summer 2018.
“Patrick was a treasured member of the Madonna family,” said Madonna President Michael A. Grandillo, Ph.D. “His dedication to and love for Madonna Athletics were unmatched, and so this is a fitting tribute to him. I encourage all alumni, athletes, parents and colleagues, whose lives were touched by Patrick, to support this Memorial Press Box.”
While earning his degree in journalism and public relations, Moore spent three years working in the sports information office at Madonna. He graduated in 2003, and returned to his alma mater four years later to direct communications for the Crusaders teams. He managed game-day operations, found scorekeepers and printed programs. He interviewed coaches and players, kept detailed statistics and biographies. He tirelessly updated the Crusaders website and had his finger on the pulse of every sports team, both Madonna's and the opposition’s.
Moore also played a key role in athletic communications for the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) along with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).He blossomed into one of the best sports information professionals in the country and he had the awards to prove it. He was a three-time WHAC SID of the Year. His publications were rated in the top 10 in the U.S. no fewer than 26 times. His volleyball press guides ranked tops in the U.S. on four occasions.
Donations for the press box can be made online at www.madonna.edu/give.
The golf outing will be a scramble format and registration will be available early in 2018. Foursomes, as well as event and hole sponsorships also will be available. “While the 2018 outing will support the Patrick Moore Memorial Press Box, future outings will be instrumental in raising funds to help our teams achieve success both on the field and in the classroom,” said Scott Kennell, Madonna athletics director.
For information about foursomes or to help with the inaugural golf outing, please reach out to Sheryl Jaeger at firstname.lastname@example.org 734-432-5546. To discuss golf outing sponsorship opportunities contact Karen Shellie at email@example.com, or 734-432-5832.
To learn more about the plans for the press box, the golf outing and Patrick Moore’s legacy, visit madonnacrusaders.com/PatrickMoore.
Madonna Crusaders Athletics, an NAIA Champions of Character program, competes in 19 Men’s and Women’s intercollegiate sports, and has earned a reputation as a University that simultaneously promotes competitive athletics, academic excellence and character values.
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