The award is named in honor of the great Jesuit priest, Father Pedro Arrupe, whose life personified service to others and who is often referred to as the “Second Founder” of the Jesuits and recognizes a Gonzaga graduate who has lived his life in service to others and meets the standards of “Being a Man for Others.”
The Mike Kelleher Scholar-Athlete Award is presented to a Gonzaga senior who excels in academics, sports and service and, as such, exemplifies the spirit of “men for others” that is so much a part of Gonzaga.
John McLaughlin was instrumental as the longtime chairman of the tournament, with his namsake award presented to a committee/tournament volunteer who made significant contributions to the tournament.
Service is center to the tournament. Organized and staffed by volunteers with the net proceeds benefiting the service projects of the men of Gonzaga.
As we present the 30th Annual Gonzaga DC Classic, we rededicate ourselves to the ideals that drove Michael Kelleher to establish the tournament in 1989 and which strives to embody the Jesuit motto "Being Men for Others." The tournament showcases "Great Basketball Supporting Good Works," with the proceeds of this tournament going to the services projects the young men of Gonzaga participate in every year.
On behalf of the Tournament Commitee and the Gonzaga Fathers Club, Welcome to the 2018 Gonzaga DC Classic.
All of the games will be played at the Carmody Center located on the campus of Gonzaga College High School at 19 Eye Street NW, Washington DC. Detailed directions and parking instructions are available.
Now in its 30th year, the Gonzaga DC Classic was established to both showcase great basketball and to support the good works done by the Gonzaga College High School students during the many service projects they conduct, in the DC area, across the United States and other parts of the world.