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Crusader Athletics Fund

CAF donor linkThe Crusader Athletics Fund (CAF) raises unrestricted annual support for Holy Cross’ 27 varsity sports. CAF provides resources to each program through sports-specific designations, which provide our student-athletes with the tools they need to compete at the highest level: equipment upgrades, technology for player development, talented coaches, and money not only for team competition travel but to identify and recruit the best student-athletes. It also makes unrestricted funds available to the entire Athletics Department through the Fund for Excellence, which allows the Director of Athletics to use the resources where they are needed most.

Alumni, family, friends, staff, and students have given more than $9.2 million in support of Holy Cross Athletics since CAF's inception in 2007.

For more information on the Crusader Athletics Fund, please contact Cara Hanrahan Abraham, director of the Crusader Athletics Fund, at (508) 793-2632 or

Recent Success

The Crusader Athletics Fund has more than doubled in the last four years. Thanks to the tremendous support from alumni, family, friends, and students, more than a $1 million has been given in each of the last three years. In FY16, CAF saw historic increases in participation and gifts. During a 12-month time frame CAF set new records in annual funds raised – $1.63 million and total donors – 4,374, with both marks up from their 2014-2015 all-time highs. The record-breaking year represented an 18 percent increase in dollars and a 12 percent increase in donors over the previous year.


Crusader Athletics Fund Results 

2016 Results 2017 Goals
Total Dollars: $1,638,333 Dollar Goal: $1,750,000
Donors: 4,374 Donors: 4,500

Crusader Athletics Fund Honor Roll

View the list of the students, alumni, family, and friends who gave to the Crusader Athletics Fund last year: Crusader Athletics Fund Honor Roll »

Crusader Athletics Fund Volunteers

From strengthening the bond that alumni have with each other and with the College, volunteers play an essential role in the ongoing success of Holy Cross. Leading our volunteer efforts is the Crusader Athletics Fund Executive Committee

The Crusader Athletics Fund Executive Committee was formed in 2015 to help promote ways to support Holy Cross Athletics. Led by National Co-Chairs Gordie Lockbaum '88 and Coleen Lynch '95, the executive committee attends events and works closely with Heather Palmer, the director of the Crusader Athletics Fund, to ensure that the annual goals are met or exceeded. Each committee member serves a three-year term and is appointed by the Director of the Crusader Athletics Fund.

Executive Committee

Lawrence (Larry) Burns '74
Dean Casagrande '83
Marie DiPalma '02
Erin Flynn '86
Jen Glowik '05
Derek Kump '14
Gordie Lockbaum '88 (National Co-Chair)
Coleen Lynch '95 (National Co-Chair)
James (Jim) McCloud '06
K. Courtney Moore '92
Greg Swanson '93

CAF Reunion Representatives serve as lead volunteers on their reunion gift committees. Their role consists of encouraging and promoting participation from former athletes as part of their reunion gift. This person works closely with the CAF liaison to achieve desired goals. The CAF Reunion Representative serves a one-year term on the CAF Executive Committee.

Sports-specific volunteers will work with coaches and CAF staff to encourage participation at events, in mentoring, and giving. These volunteers work closely with each other, the CAF staff, and coaching staff to reach desired goals. Alumni in several sports have formalized their volunteer structure and formed affinity groups.

Sports-Specific Volunteer Affinity Groups

Baseball Diamond Club »
The Holy Cross Basketball Society »
The Friends of Crusader Football »
The Friends of Crusader Hockey »
The Top Corner Club »
The Friends of Holy Cross Rowing »

If you are interested in being a volunteer for your sport, please contact Cara Hanrahan Abraham, director of the Crusader Athletics Fund, at (508) 793-2632 or

Crusader Nation

Crusader Nation is the official magazine for fans and supporters of Holy Cross Athletics. Published three times a year, the magazines features articles about our current sports teams and student-athletes, and details the many ways alumni, family and friends give back to support our sports. View the latest issue of Crusader Nation »