Georgetown fans have rallied around Hoya football for years, from horse-drawn caravans of the 1890's to more extensive road trips such as the one shown to the left. A formal effort was made to centralize event planning and introduce fundraising with the founding of the Georgetown Gridiron Club in 1974.
Former letterman Pierce O'Donnell (C'69) helped lead the first club effort, a three year campaign to raise $250,000. "We are trying to promote a program and see that Georgetown plays a quality schedule within realistic limits," O'Donnell told The HOYA in its Feb. 6, 1976 issue.
As former coach Scott Glacken emphasized, "It was the students who brought football back to the school and the Athletic Department who brought it up to this point. The third step of the evolution is now up to the alumni to see if they can develop it to the point where they want it." Now more than ever, a growth in support is essential for Georgetown to even hope to compete with schools with budgets and facilities that far exceed that which exists on the Hilltop today. Tax-deductible gifts to the club is important not only for Georgetown football, but class fund totals, parents fund totals and overall Annual Fund giving.
The Gridiron Club is open to all friends of Georgetown Football. Annual giving supports current-use needs by the program, while capital gifts support coaching and player endowments, travel, and Multi-Sport Facility development. Visit the club's page at GUHoyas.com for more information.