Still in the Game: Former Football Player Makes Generous Gift to the Field House Project
Mike "Condo" Daly '93 only played on Springfield College's football team in his freshman year, but football still has been an integral part of his relationship to the College.
Of his 13 off-campus roommates, 11 were football players. He's maintained close ties with many of them, but especially with Mike Cerasuolo '93, who is now the offensive coordinator for the College's football team, on which Daly's nephew, Davis Marocchini '08, is a player.
It makes sense, then, that it was football - and his friendship with Cerasuolo - that motivated Daly to make a generous $50,000 gift toLeadership for the 21st Century: The Campaign for Springfield College. And it's no surprise that the gift will help to support the new field house.
"Giving to Springfield was a great idea to me", says Daly. "The field house looks like it's just going to be a magnificent place. It's going to be a way to bring the whole background of Springfield College, and the athleticism behind it, together in a way that will affect all students. It looks like it's just going to be an outrageous feat."
A love for football, though, is not what gave Daly the idea to donate to Springfield College. It was illness - a serious one.
Several years ago, Daly was diagnosed with testicular cancer and became very ill. He went through medical treatments, including chemotherapy, and has been in remission since the summer of 2005. He was very grateful for his recovery.
"I took a look at my life and looked at everything I've done," says Daly. "I looked at what I do and how I live my life. I thought, "there's got to be a different way to help people!"
After college, Daly worked in his father's residential plumbing and heating business until 1999, when he opened his own commercial business, MD Plumbing and Heating in Rocky Hill, Conn. The business has been very successful, and Daly thought that out of gratitude for his recovery, he would pass his good fortune on to others.
Springfield College came to mind, and Daly connected with Cerasuolo, who told him it would be a great time for him, and his wife, Michelle, to offer a gift to the Campaign.
Daly was happy to do so, since he says Springfield College helped to shape him, "The biggest thing it gave me - and gives other people-is the ability to learn how differently people work and react," he says. "Springfield gave me the ability to really learn how to work with people, and that is a big part of business."
Daly says Springfield's greatest assets are the people it's associated with. "They're always trying to help people out, and be there for one another. You automatically have a bond."
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