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Fr. Sweeney Soccer Scholarship

$50,000 fundraising goal to establish scholarship in memory of Fr. Sweeney

Charles Leo Sweeney, S.J.

In memory of Charles Leo Sweeney, S.J., a revered educator and long-time supporter of Loyola Soccer who embodied the principles, character, and ideals that reflect an exceptional education, Loyola University Chicago soccer alumni are leading an effort to create the Fr. Sweeney Soccer Scholarship. This expendable scholarship will provide immediate support for outstanding and deserving athletes on Loyola’s men’s soccer team. All funds raised will be available to be awarded on an annual basis.

The Sweeney Scholarship committee seeks $50,000 from alumni and friends to establish this new fund in memory of Fr. Sweeney. A scholarship of this size will provide for Loyola Soccer in Fr. Sweeney’s name for years to come. 

Your generous support of this scholarship will enable us to memorialize Fr. Sweeney’s outstanding legacy of loyalty and service.


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Loyola University Chicago—Gift Processing
P.O. Box 4336
Carol Stream, IL 60122-4336

Make checks and money orders payable to Loyola University Chicago (direct the gift in the “memo” portion to The Fr. Sweeney Soccer Scholarship).

For questions about gifts of securities, multi-year pledges, planned giving, and employer gift matching, please contact Jeff Hagedorn, director of development, at 312.915.7959 or jhagedorn@LUC.edu


Fr. Sweeney was born in O’Connor, Nebraska, on September 22, 1918, and entered the Society of Jesus at Florissant on Sept. 1, 1936. He died in Chicago on December 8, 2001—a Holy Day. 

He attended EVERY home soccer game, standing slightly to the left of the bench to have a better view and be a voice of encouragement for the team.

In September, a black, short-sleeve shirt ruled the day. Rainy, miserable October night games? Those brought out his lovely imagination for wardrobe combinations. No slave to fashion, Fr. Sweeney stayed warm and dry by whatever means necessary.

No matter the outcome or how one played, Fr. Sweeney was an eternal voice of positive reinforcement when it was needed. He was a Jesuit; he was our chaplain; he was our supporter on and off the field.

We would like to remember Fr. Leo Sweeney in a way that will keep his name alive and close to Loyola Soccer. Even if you did not have the opportunity to meet Fr. Sweeney, please consider a donation to the scholarship that bears his name, which will go to a player who embodies the man who stood behind the bench and supported us all.