Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, February 25, 2018

FACS_5903Robert “Bob” Hurley Sr., the first high school basketball coach to win 1,000 games, speaks at the Archbishop’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast March 17 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Mr. Hurley, a legendary coach from St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, N.J., last year was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. He told the gathering of 875 guests, “In my school, we do not have a library and we do not have a gymnasium, and we’ve been three times national champs. … It’s not the bricks or the mortar; it’s the people that work with those young people.” The annual breakfast was hosted by Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, and sponsored by the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools (FACS) to raise money for scholarships and special projects at parish schools and archdiocesan high schools. Guests were entertained with Irish jokes by Archbishop Mansell and lively step-dancing by students from East Catholic High School in Manchester. The event raised about $115,000. Story to come. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)