City Cites International Sports Collaboration

Richard Grealish, Adam Nelson, Jim Nelson, and John Fitzgibbon with tri-captains Brendan O'Riain, Padraic Lucey, and Aodhan Hickey.


Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino honored University officials and visiting Irish basketball players and coaches with a proclamation during a City Hall ceremony this week.

Suffolk University Athletic Director Jim Nelson, men’s basketball Coach Adam Nelson, and Office of Neighborhood Response Director Richard Grealish were cited for their support of the Irish National Under-18 Basketball team, which is on a two-week tour of New England area colleges and high schools.

The 20-member team and its coaches represent the best of Ireland. Joining Menino in applauding their efforts were State Rep. Kevin Honan (D-Brighton), City Councilors Mark Ciommo, Rob Consalvo, Bill Linehan, and John Tobin, and At-Large City Councilor Stephen Murphy. 

“This entire experience has been wonderful for everyone involved,” said Irish National Head Coach John Fitzgibbon. “This trip is not about wins and losses.  Our main goal is for these young players to develop and be in a position where they can gain as much knowledge as possible.  Playing at a higher level is the only way they are going to learn.”

Fitzgibbon lauded the expertise of many American coaches his team has met, including Suffolk's Adam Nelson.

“I was very excited about this opportunity to work with a top-flight international program,” said Nelson.  “I was eager to teach these young players some of the things that we do here at Suffolk at the college level, while learning from them at the same time.”

Athletic Director Jim Nelson was delighted to play a role in supporting Ireland’s U18 National Basketball Team. 

“This initiative under the leadership of GNAC Commissioner Joe Walsh has allowed us to showcase our University, as well as to provide these young men an athletic experience. ...  Basketball continues to grow in popularity throughout Ireland, and we at Suffolk University hope that our contributions will assist in its continued growth and development," he said.


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