Feb. 10, 2005
-Grand Slam Table (seated with Roger Clemens): $10,000
-Home Run Tables (seated with Juan Pierre, Dontrelle Willis, Tommy Hutton, Tony Fossas or Kevin Cooney: $5,000
-Tickets: Adults $150 Children Under 12 $50
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To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the baseball program and to begin the funding efforts for a new baseball stadium, a Celebrity Dinner has been scheduled for Saturday, February 26, 2005, at the FAU Gymnasium on the Boca Raton Campus, located at 777 Glades Road. Featured celebrity guest, Roger Clemens of the Houston Astros, will be on deck to support this 25th Anniversary celebration. FAU graciously appreciates Clemens' support and looks forward to a successful fund-raising dinner. Florida Atlantic Baseball is honored that Roger Clemens has taken a personal interest in helping our program. "In an age where professional athletes are often portrayed as selfish, Roger's appearance at our dinner represents the best from one of the best in baseball history," states Kevin Cooney, Florida Atlantic University Head Baseball Coach.
Over the years Florida Atlantic University has opened doors to many new programs and departments, allowing university standards to soar into the new millennium. One such distinguished program is the FAU baseball team, which enters the 2005 season celebrating 25 years of team successes and player achievements. "It seems fitting that the great American sport of baseball is a part of this university's history," said FAU President Frank T. Brogan. "I congratulate Coach Cooney, his team and their predecessors for their leadership and drive in making baseball an important FAU tradition."
In an effort to further secure the long standing tradition of fulfilled dreams and successful winning seasons in the sports arena, Florida Atlantic University plans to construct a state-of-the-art baseball stadium equipped with 2,600 chairback seats and additional berm seating. The new facility will begin the next great era in FAU baseball offering multi-level offices and sky boxes.
A major highlight of the evening will be the announcement of a new FAU Baseball Hall of Fame and notification of the inaugural class. The event will be a tribute to the players and the staff for their distinguished efforts. There will also include the introduction of a seat sponsorship program, offering students, alumni and university sponsors the opportunity to show their support for all posterity, and showcasing a rendering of the new stadium.
Celebrity guests, including Roger Clemens of the Houston Astros, Dontrelle Willis and Juan Pierre of the Florida Marlins, and former Major League player Tommy Hutton, will be in attendance at the Anniversary Event. Hutton, television broadcast analyst for the Florida Marlins, has agreed to emcee the events of the evening. Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. A silent auction of sports memorabilia will be open throughout the early evening. Tickets are priced at $150 per person and $50 for children under the age of 12, with five celebrity Home Run Tables available priced at $5,000 and one Grand Slam Table with Roger Clemens priced at $10,000. All celebrity tables include a special private cocktail hour.
"The 25th Anniversary Dinner gives us the chance to celebrate the successes of FAU Baseball and articulate the plans for the future of the program," states Kevin Cooney. "The construction of a state-of-the-art facility will provide our community and the University the finest venue in the nation to watch college baseball."
Regarding his players Cooney says, "Our team has worked hard to prepare for this, the 25th season of Florida Atlantic Baseball. We expect another outstanding season as we continue our pursuit of a trip to Omaha and the College World Series." In the tradition of FAU coaching, Cooney strives to infuse teamwork with ambition and takes each student athlete under his wing, serving as their home away from home. The family-oriented mentality provokes teamwork, while teaching each athlete to strive beyond even their original goals in order to be the very best. This level of support is what puts the FAU baseball program in a league of their own and on "The Road to Omaha."
FAU Baseball Team Stats:
1983 NAIA District Championship
2002 NCAA Regional Championship
5 NCAA Regional Appearances
Two-Regular Season Atlantic Sun Conference Championships
One Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Championship
69 Florida Atlantic players have signed professional baseball contracts