With a donation of Super Bowl XLVIII tickets from the Mara family and the New York Giants as the big prize, a raffle has been organized to raise funds for the care of longtime Boston College sports information director Dick Kelley. Kelley was diagnosed with ALS in September of 2011, and his story was chronicled by Sports Illustrated last spring. He was also named the Heights’ Person of the Year.
One ticket in the raffle is being sold at $200, with five tickets going for a discounted $900. Two tickets to this year’s Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium, a hotel room, and $500 make up the winning raffle package. Other prizes include Patriots tickets, Bruins tickets, BC basketball season tickets, signed basketballs by ACC and Big 10 coaches, and hockey sticks signed by the Bruins.
The winner of the Super Bowl package is set to be announced during an ESPN broadcast of a BC football game in October, and then again on “College Football Live.”
The funds from the raffle will go towards a handicap van, Kelley’s medical care, and his in-home health aids.
Kelley has had an enormous impact on BC and its athletics department during his more than 20 years working for the school.
“He’s been such a tremendous role model for me,” said men’s basketball forward Ryan Anderson. “If I had to say someone that’s impacted me the most since I’ve been at BC, it’s definitely Dick Kelley.”
Even athletes who have known Kelley for only a year have been touched by his care and generosity.
“Now, you see him and you make eye contact and he smiles and he gives you that look and you know he’s proud of what you’re doing, he’s proud of who you’re becoming,” said freshman guard Joe Rahon. “Even though he can’t express it with words, his facial expressions say it all. To find a guy that genuinely cares so much about you and loves you, it’s something that not many people in this world have the ability to do, to express that and make other people feel that caring about you. He’s really just an inspiration to all of us. No matter how bad you think your situation is, you can always help other people, and for that we’ll forever love DK and what he’s done for us.”