Kevin Plank donates $1M to PIE

Baltimore Catholic schools celebrate $1 million gift from Under Armour founder

September 07, 2016

On the same morning that an originator of Partners in Excellence was acknowledged, the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s scholarship program for elementary and high school students in Baltimore City received a $1 million gift from the founder of Under Armour Inc.

Kevin Plank was in China on business, so it was left to Tom Geddes, the CEO of Plank Industries and executive director of the Cupid Foundation, Plank’s private foundation, to announce the $1 million gift to PIE Sept. 7 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.
“Kevin Plank likes tried-and-tested programs that work,” Geddes said. “Education is how the cycle of poverty is broken, and (with the gift) as many as 100 children could get a chance they would not have otherwise.”
Over the past 20 years, PIE has awarded more than 25,000 scholarships, worth more than $29 million, to children from low-income families. PIE scholars have a 95 percent attendance rate, higher than the Catholic school average.
“Nobody goes for free, everyone pays something. They’re invested, parent and child alike,” said Thomas Kurowski, of PIE’s Board of Advisors, who referenced a study of a seven-year cohort of PIE scholars. “In a city in which 1 in 5 go to college, two-thirds of ours (PIE scholars who graduate high school) graduate from college in five years, and that’s amazing.”
Plank’s Cupid Foundation joins dozens of other Baltimore-based philanthropies and businesses which perpetuate a program begun 20 years ago under the direction of Cardinal William H. Keeler, the 14th archbishop of Baltimore.
Archbishop William E. Lori thanks Plank Industries and Cupid Foundation CEO Tom Geddes, following the announcement of a $1 million gift by Under Armour founder Kevin Plank to the Partners in Excellence Scholarship Program Sept. 7. (Kevin J. Parks | CR Staff)

One of its earliest advocates was Raymond A. “Chip” Mason, a parishioner of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland, who was recognized with the fourth annual Partners in Excellence Award, one which now carries Cardinal Keeler’s name.

Founder of Mason and Company in 1962 and still senior advisor at Legg Mason Inc., he was born in Lynchburg, Va., in the heart of the Bible Belt. Mason was in the second grade when his father died, and the family moved to Bethlehem, Pa. There, he attended the parish school at Ss. Simon and Jude, and then Allentown Central Catholic High.

“They do good things, help those who have the need,” Mason said, when asked why he heeded the call of Cardinal Keeler and continues to support PIE schools. “People don’t realize how much this helps these young kids, 85 percent of whom are not Catholic.”Mason spoke to the Catholic Review just prior to the breakfast, which was sponsored by Legg Mason Inc.

Students from Cardinal Shehan School’s choir sing during a Sept. 7 announcement of a $1 million gift from Kevin Plank to support Partners in Excellence schools. (Kevin J. Parks/CR Staff)

The program included a virtual tour of Archbishop Borders School in Highlandtown; an opening prayer and choir performance courtesy of the students of Cardinal Shehan School in Northwood; and remarks from Ryann Cooper, a junior at The Seton Keough High School in Baltimore.

Seton Keough’s athletic teams, as well as those from Archbishop Curley, Cristo Rey Jesuit, the Institute of Notre Dame, Mercy and St. Frances Academy, are all outfitted by Under Armour.

“It’s an especially exciting day, to welcome our newest partner,” said Archbishop William E. Lori, who introduced Geddes. “I’ve gotten to know Kevin (Plank), and how much he cares about the youth of Baltimore.”
He acknowledged educators and supporters in attendance.

“We have principals, presidents, teachers and staff, who work so hard every day to provide Catholic education,” Archbishop Lori said. “None of what we achieve is possible without you.”Watch a video of the announcement of the $1 million gift here.

By Paul McMullen (pmcmullen@CatholicReview.org)

 

This article was reproduced from The Catholic Review. See original publication here

38 Responses
  1. I have been exploring for a little for any high-quality
    articles or blog posts in this kind of space . Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this site.
    Reading this info So i am happy to express that I’ve an incredibly good uncanny feeling I found out
    just what I needed. I so much definitely will make sure to do not overlook
    this website and give it a glance on a relentless basis.

  2. fantastic post, very informative. I ponder why the other
    experts of this sector don’t understand
    this. You must continue your writing. I am sure, you have a great readers’ base already!

  3. It’s remarkable to pay a visit this web page and reading the views of all friends concerning this piece of writing,
    while I am also zealous of getting know-how.

  4. Hello! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering if
    you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form?
    I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having trouble finding one?
    Thanks a lot!

  5. I’ve been browsing on-line greater than 3 hours lately, yet I
    by no means found any interesting article like yours.
    It’s beautiful price enough for me. In my
    view, if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will
    be much more useful than ever before.

  6. Hmm is anyone else having problems with the pictures on this blog loading?

    I’m trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or
    if it’s the blog. Any responses would be greatly appreciated.

  7. Heya are using WordPress for your site platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to
    get started and create my own. Do you require any coding knowledge to make your own blog?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  8. Your style is unique compared to other people I have read stuff from.
    Many thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I’ll just bookmark this web site.

  9. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well
    written article. I will make sure to bookmark it and return to read more of
    your useful information. Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely comeback.

  10. Greetings from Los angeles! I’m bored at work so I decided
    to browse your site on my iphone during lunch break.
    I love the info you provide here and can’t wait to
    take a look when I get home. I’m surprised at how quick your blog loaded on my mobile ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, amazing site!

  11. Excellent blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.

    Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so
    many options out there that I’m totally overwhelmed ..

    Any recommendations? Kudos!

  12. Hi are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started
    and create my own. Do you need any coding knowledge to make your own blog?
    Any help would be really appreciated!

  13. Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was super long) so I
    guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.

    I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything.
    Do you have any points for beginner blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.

  14. This design is incredible! You obviously know how to keep a reader entertained.

    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well,
    almost…HaHa!) Great job. I really loved what you had to say,
    and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

  15. Howdy! I know this is kind of off-topic however I needed to ask.
    Does operating a well-established website like yours require a massive
    amount work? I’m completely new to operating a blog but
    I do write in my diary everyday. I’d like to start a
    blog so I can easily share my own experience and feelings online.
    Please let me know if you have any kind of ideas or tips for new
    aspiring bloggers. Thankyou!

  16. I got this web page from my pal who informed me about this
    site and now this time I am browsing this web site and reading very informative articles or reviews at this place.

  17. Hey there! Quick question that’s totally off topic.
    Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?
    My site looks weird when browsing from my iphone.
    I’m trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to correct this problem.
    If you have any suggestions, please share. Thanks!

  18. I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I’m
    not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else
    know such detailed about my problem. You are wonderful! Thanks!

  19. Greetings from Carolina! I’m bored at work so I
    decided to check out your blog on my iphone during lunch break.

    I enjoy the info you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.
    I’m surprised at how quick your blog loaded on my phone ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, excellent blog!

  20. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox
    and now each time a comment is added I get three emails
    with the same comment. Is there any way you
    can remove me from that service? Thanks!

  21. Spot on with this write-up, I actually think this
    amazing site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably
    be back again to read more, thanks for the advice!

  22. If some one desires expert view on the topic of blogging and site-building
    afterward i advise him/her to pay a quick visit this weblog, Keep up the good job.

  23. Greetings! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if you knew
    where I could get a captcha plugin for my comment form?
    I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one?
    Thanks a lot!

  24. I blog frequently and I genuinely thank you for your information. Your article has truly peaked my interest.
    I’m going to book mark your site and keep checking for new details about
    once a week. I opted in for your Feed too.

Leave a Reply