Give and Go: Kevin Walsh ’73
Royals’ Captain passes the legacy to his children while giving back to his alma mater
“The Long Center gets in the blood of anyone who has had to experience two-a-day practices at 7 a.m. on a Saturday!” laughs Kevin Walsh ’73 (BS, Management). And he would know: Walsh captained the Varsity Basketball team, and also ran cross-country, while attending Scranton on a Presidential Scholarship for academics and athletics. Scranton was already at the top of Walsh’s college choice list, but the financial assistance this scholarship offered sealed his decision.
He went on to play professional basketball in France from ’75 to ’77, returning afterward to his alma mater to earn an M.B.A.
Walsh, a solutions architect manager with NTT Com, the world’s largest communications company, has traveled the world doing business and playing basketball ever since his time at the University. “To this day, when I return to play in alumni games, the same rush of energy comes over me,” he says. “Having seen one of my daughters, Deirdre [’00 International Studies], and my only son, Ian [’02, International Business], go through the exact same types of experiences as Royal captains, it is not hard to make the decision to help as many players of both genders as possible feel the same thing.”
A loyal donor to the Royal Fund, Walsh credits Scranton’s Jesuit ideals as inspiration for his commitment to give back to the University’s athletic programs. “The Ignatian tradition is to remember and honor from whence you came. Without this sport — and certainly without this school inspiring me to see the world — it’s difficult to say where I would be with my life,” says Walsh.
He describes a meeting of the All-Star team with the Minister of Trade and Commerce in Manila, the Philippines, in 1989. “He asked us to raise our hands if we attended Jesuit universities in the States. Unbeknownst to us before that moment, fully 80 percent of the team members had been taught by the Jesuits in either high school or college. Remarkable, but not all that surprising.”