STANDISH, Maine — On Friday, June 28, the parents of the late Clark Noonan joined Saint Joseph’s College President Jim Dlugos, faculty, staff and students at a groundbreaking ceremony for Clark’s Court. Situated near the campus center, Clark’s Court is a memorial to former student-athlete Clark Noonan, who died as a result of a tragic car accident on April 14, 2012. A basketball player at Bangor High School and later at Saint Joseph’s, Noonan left an undeniably lasting impression at the College and in his hometown of Bangor.
“We are very honored to have Clark’s parents, Edward and Christine, with us today,” said President Dlugos. “This basketball court provides a recreational space for students, but it also serves as a memory of how strongly Clark’s presence is felt across this campus.”
“During his time at Saint Joseph’s,” said Rob Sanicola, the College’s men’s basketball head coach, “Clark meant the world to so many people. This court is emblematic of Clark. He wasn’t just a student or just a basketball player; he was both and much more.”
Several student-athletes as well as Saint Joseph’s director of athletics, Brian Curtin, attended the ceremony.
Coach Sanicola and the men’s basketball program have pledged all proceeds from upcoming summer basketball camps and clinics to help build Clark’s Court. In addition, all paid attendance from the 2013 Saint Joseph’s men’s and women’s basketball season will be contributed to this cause.
Construction is expected to be completed by the beginning of the 2013 fall semester. For more information, visitwww.gomonks.com/noonanfund.
Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 350-acre campus on the shore of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph’s College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.