To commemorate the life and spirit of Clark Noonan, Saint Joseph’s Athletic Department is proud to announce plans to build Clark’s Court – a beautiful, on-campus basketball court. Clark, a men’s basketball player who died tragically in the spring of 2012, left an undeniably lasting impression at Saint Joseph’s College and in his hometown of Bangor, Maine.
The multi-purpose, outdoor court will be built at a student-centered location adjacent to the Heffernan Center, accessible to the entire Saint Joseph’s community. In this manner, the court will be a lasting memorial to Clark, an individual who touched the lives of many fellow students and student-athletes, faculty, staff, coaches, and basketball teammates at the College.
“During his two years here on campus, Clark touched so many people,” says men’s basketball head coach Rob Sanicola. “It is exciting to have this project move forward because it will not only impact the basketball program and basketball family, but it will also affect the student body in a very positive way by providing a needed outdoor recreation space. The court is emblematic of Clark – he was not just a student or just a basketball player; he was both and much more.”
Coach Sanicola and the men’s basketball program have generously committed all proceeds from upcoming spring and summer basketball camps and clinics to Clark’s Court. Coach Sanicola, along with coaches from the Bangor basketball community, will hold a basketball clinic this spring in Bangor. All proceeds from that clinic will go directly to the construction of Clark’s Court. In addition, all paid attendance from the 2013 men’s and women’s basketball season will be contributed to this worthy cause.
“This is a very important, meaningful project for us,” says Brian Curtin, director of athletics at Saint Joseph’s College. “Coach Sanicola has been great about making sure whatever is done in Clark’s name is appropriate and special; we feel that Clark’s Court fulfills both of these qualities and will be a very unique place where students can gather and participate in recreational activities on our campus.”
Construction is scheduled to begin this summer, and the court is expected to be completed by the 2013 fall semester.
You can help by donating to this special project in remembrance and honor of our friend and teammate, Clark. For updates and opportunities to support Clark’s Court, visit www.gomonks.com/noonanfund.