Albertus Magnus College has announced the newly-established Mary Benevento Fund, named for Mary Benevento, the director of athletics at Albertus Magnus College from 1952 to 1980. The interest earned from this endowed fund will be used to support special projects for the Albertus Magnus Athletic Department.
Former student-athlete Tabitha “Tab” Wazorko Manafort ’94, who played softball for the Falcons, was inspired to make a leadership gift to jump-start the fund in honor of her years at Albertus.
“I am so proud to be able to give back to Albertus,” said Wazorko Manafort. “My years at Albertus, were and continue to be, so very special to me. This donation is one way to show my deep and heartfelt ‘thank you’ to our alma mater. To be a part of the Mary Benevento Fund for Athletics makes it all the more special.”
From tennis—the first sport played at Albertus—to earning conference titles and NCAA Tournament berths today, the student-athlete experience has become an important part of the Albertus Magnus campus culture.
Most recently, the Albertus Magnus men’s soccer team won their second Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) title en route to making its first NCAA Tournament berth in program history. The Falcons’ men’s basketball program won its second GNAC Championship in three seasons in 2011-12 after winning the crown in 2010-11. This past fall, three of the Falcons’ four teams competing earned postseason appearances as both the Falcons’ women’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams made their first appearance in the coveted ECAC Tournament.
Albertus Magnus also produced its first-ever All-Americans in 2011-12 in Jamal Howard (men’s soccer) and Ray Askew (men’s basketball) as the Falcons had one of their most successful years in department history. Senior standout Stephen Zapata was recently named the Albertus Magnus men’s soccer program’s second All-American after receiving the accolade this past fall of 2012.
"We are very grateful to Tabitha Wazorko Manafort and our Advancement Office for making the Mary Benevento Fund a reality at Albertus Magnus College," said Director of Athletics Michael Spinner. "The last few years have seen our athletics department reach incredible heights, which we hope is the groundwork for long-term success. This endowment is very important for our long-term plans, and I think it is a fantastic statement about our alumni support that we were able to establish the Mary Benevento Fund. As we continue to build a competitive and successful broad-based athletic program, our alumni will now have an opportunity to directly make an impact on our future success. I am thrilled to have such support from our student-athletes of our past towards our student-athletes of our future."
To join Tabitha and other Falcon fans supporting Albertus Athletics, please click here to contribute to the fund.