Each year, golfers at Saint Viator’s Million Dollar Classic take aim at enhancing the school’s athletic programs and empowering its student athletes. This year, they had a lot to celebrate, with the junior varsity hockey team winning a state championship, the varsity hockey team making an appearance in the final four, the girls’ basketball team winning their first-ever sectional championship, and the boys’ track team accumulating a few IHSA state championship qualifiers.
And that only covers some of the many sports we have to offer here at Saint Viator.
Yes, it was a historic year for Saint Viator athletics, and guests at the 24th annual Million Dollar Classic, taking on the unpredictable weather we had, enthusiastically mingled with the student athletes at the acclaimed Jack Nicklaus-designed course at The Club at Wynstone in North Barrington.
“As a result of your past generous support, we have raised more than $2.5 million dollars to support our athletic programs over the past 23 years. With those donations, we have seen many upgrades within our athletic department such as full-time trainers, world-class strength and conditioning programs, and the addition of indoor scoreboards for the Boler Center. You and hundreds of other donors have made this possible and for that, I can not thank you enough” said Saint Viator President Brian Liedlich.
The athletes chosen to address the crowd only underscored the outing’s success.
Senior Athan Huelskamp spoke to golfers, just weeks after breaking a 14-year school record in the discus on his second-to-last throw at state.
Huelskamp described working with Saint Viator’s strength and conditioning coach, Alex Nadolna, in the Murphy Wellness Center — which has benefitted from Million Dollar Classic proceeds — and how they helped him become the athlete he is today.
In addition to a current student athlete speaker, there was also a young alumna speaking at this year’s Million Dollar Classic. Abby Dickey, a graduate from the class of 2010, spoke about her story and how athletics has guided her through life.
Dickey said, “I played both golf and softball at Saint Viator. I had an awesome experience on both teams, and I learned a lot about myself throughout my time here. Even in high school, being highly involved in sports taught me time management, how to work with different personalities, and how to identify and lean on mentors.”
Funds raised from this year’s event will continue to support the conditioning initiative and athletic training program.
As the event wrapped up, awards were presented to the two winning foursomes:
The annual Million Dollar Classic raffle winners were also announced:
Third prize: The Howarth Family
Second prize: The Maye Family
Grand Prize Winner: The Toczylowski Family
Many thanks go out to all who made this year’s Million Dollar Classic a great success!