BC honors Pete Frates with new baseball and softball training facility with his name and legacy – CBS Boston



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BOSTON (CBS) — Boston College on Saturday unveiled the Pete Frates Center in Harrington Athletics Village in Brighton. The center is a 31 thousand square foot state-of-the-art training facility for BC’s baseball and softball teams.

Pete Frates was a star outfielder and captain of the baseball team for the Eagles. At age 27, Pete was diagnosed with ALS and became the inspiration behind the Ice Bucket Challenge, which raised more than $220 million for ALS research.

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“We are simply in awe of this beautiful building honoring Pete and his legacy,” said Pete’s sister Jennifer Mayo.

During Saturday’s ceremony, the Frates family was moved to tears.

“It’s unbelievable and I can’t thank you all enough. He loved this school and this will be our greatest legacy,” said Pete’s wife Julie Frates.

Nancy Frates, Pete’s mother, says she is amazed at the friendliness of the school.

‘I’m thinking of Pete. Just those years of his love for his school,’ said Nancy.

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The impressive facility features an array of amenities to enhance BC’s baseball and softball programs, including large locker rooms, indoor synthetic turf fields, medical strength and conditioning rooms, and a catering space.

The project was made possible by several donors, with the Yawkey Foundation as the main funder.

“When Boston College told us it would be named in honor of Pete Frates, we were all there. We wanted to support Pete’s legacy,” said Yawkey Foundation trustee Jim Healey.

Pete’s inspiring story and words are displayed through the walls of the facility.

“And now you see the change that BC Baseball has undergone. Honestly, I can’t get around this amazing complex,” Mayo said.

Pete graduated from BC in 2007 and now student athletes using the Pete Frates Center will remember his legacy.

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“To know that in this building future generations will be surrounded by Pete’s presence fills the family with an indescribable joy,” Mayo said.

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