June 6, 2019
Mount St. Mary's University President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D. announced today that John J. and Patrick J. Rooney, both C'60, and their spouses JoAnn and Sandy, respectively, have given a total of $6 million for a state-of-the-art facility that will promote growth and enhanced performances for the Mount's Division I athletic program as well as increased intramural sport and recreational opportunities for all students.
Each Rooney couple generously contributed $3 million to substantially fund an athletic performance center that is among the centerpieces of the Forward! Together as One capital campaign. Located within the PNC Sports Complex, the Rooney Performance Center will be part of a project that includes a new campus recreation space, renovated Dillon Field House, new tennis courts, expanded sports medicine area and new Legends Concourse at the entrance to the ARCC.
"My college years were one of the high spots of my life. I was a young kid from Pittsburgh, and the Mount helped form me into the man I am," said John Rooney, who was a captain of the track and field team in his senior year. "I'd like the current Mount athletes to have outstanding facilities that help them perform to the best of their abilities."