iversity Athletics Department has announced that 1989 BU graduate Steph Pettit has made a $10 million donation to BU athletics. $5 million is set aside to support athletic scholarships with the other $5 million being a trust to support future university needs.
The $5 million in line to support athletic scholarships should be a huge boost to each coach at BU, as it will expectantly help future recruiting.
The donation makes Pettit the largest donor in Bloomsburg University history, bringing his total contributions to more than $12.5 million.
“My goal is to elevate the athletic program at BU by giving the coaches the resources needed to recruit student-athletes from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and beyond with stronger academic and athletic profiles,” said Pettit, according to Sports Information.
“Competition is fierce in the world of intercollegiate athletics, and our coaches need more scholarship money to compete at the highest levels. I am honored to be able to make this gift and support their efforts to compete for championships at the conference level and be competitive on a national level,” says Steph Pettit according to BUhuskies.com.
Bloomsburg University will rename and brand the athletic complex on upper campus to the Bloomsburg University Pettit Athletic Complex.
After graduation from BU in 1989 with a degree in mass commmunications, Pettit started as a sales manager for E & J Gallo Winery before taing ownership of Clean Earth Systems Inc. in 1993.
Clean Earth Systems Inc. is now a nationwide distributor of hazardous waste containers, as the company reinvented hazardous waste storage in a costly yet enviornmentally friendly way.
Pettit was also a part of the 1985 Bloomsburg football team that defeated Indiana University of PA to win the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Chamiponship. The ‘85 Huskies was also the first team in program history to win 12 games in a single season.
Pettit was also the donor of $1 million in 2014 to what is now Steph Pettit Stadium, a multi-sport turf complex on the upper campus of BU which is the home to both men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and women’s lacrosse.
Steph Pettit Stadium has hosted various NCAA events and has been selected to host the 2020 NCAA Field Hockey Division II National Championships.
“Steph’s passion for BU is unmistakable,” said BU Director of Athletics Michael McFarland to BUhuskies.com. He continues, saying, “He is truly an ambassador for all our teams with a desire to see each of them be successful. This gift, we hope, will also inspire others to contribute and help BU become the premier athletic program we all know it can be.”
Steph has also been a huge contribution to the universities abilities to live broadcast Bloomsburg University athletic events. The “Bloomsburg University Sports Network” has been covering all home football, mens and womens basketball and other larger sporting events.
For more information on Pettit’s donation to Bloomsburg University Athletics, please visit BUhuskies.com