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Century Club to Honor Five Sports Figures


Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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STEUBENVILLE, OH — The Franciscan University Century Club will honor five men who have had a major impact on the University’s Athletic Department and the American sports culture. Danny Abramowicz, the late Carmen J. Barbetta, John Nese, Geary Teramana and John Buccigross will be recognized at the annual Century Club dinner on April 15.

“All of these men are loyal and influential supporters of the Athletic department and the role of the Catholic athlete in society,” says Father Richard Davis, TOR, vice president of Community Relations. “We are proud to honor them for representing all that is good and noble in sports today.”

Abramowicz, a graduate of Steubenville Catholic Central High School, former NFL player, coach, and broadcaster, serves on the Board of Directors of the Donum Dei Foundation and is a co-host of the EWTN show, Crossing the Goal. Inducted into the Sports Faith Hall of Fame, Abramowicz is a frequent speaker at Catholic men’s conferences across the country.

Carmen J. Barbetta, who died in 1985, was a mentor to generations of Franciscan students. He served as a scorekeeper for the Baron basketball team and was also manager of the University bookstore from the 1960s to the early 1980s. Many students remember Barbetta’s influence on their lives and his unflagging support of Baron athletics.

John Nese (’60) is a former Indian Creek School District teacher who now serves as a guidance counselor. A well-known radio personality, he was a member of the record-setting 1958 Baron basketball team named the “Number One Small College Basketball Team” in the U.S. by the United Press Board of Coaches. As an alumnus and athlete he has continued to support Franciscan University athletics and local school sports programs.

Geary Teramana is a local businessman and long-time supporter of Franciscan University athletics. A staunch believer in the importance of athletics at Franciscan, he has given valued advice and support to the University’s fledging NCAA D-III sports program.

John Buccigross serves as an anchor for several ESPN programs, including occasionally hosting ESPN’s Baseball Tonight. An alumnus of Steubenville Catholic Central High School, Buccigross will give the evening’s keynote address.

The Century Club Dinner will be held Wednesday, April 15. It begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery of the J.C. Williams Center, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. in Finnegan Fieldhouse. For Century Club members who have already paid their yearly dues there is no charge. Cost is $25 per person to attend the dinner, or $100 for dinner and membership in the Century Club. For more information, please contact Judy Noel at 740-283-6406.

Since 1967, the Century Club has supported Franciscan University with funds to advance the mission of the University and to provide students with scholarships. Additionally the Century Club seeks to build the sports program on campus and support new sports programs.

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