Leo Man, Lion, and head St. Xavier University Basketball Coach Tom O'Malley segued the love of Leo Men for their old school and harvested a huge cash donation for the Maeve McNicholas Foundation.
At the August 1, 2007 Leo Alumni Golf Outing, which brings in thousands of dollars for the African American young men of Leo High School, Tom O'Malley (Leo'57) took up a number of wicker baskets and passed them to Chico Driscoll, Harry Valadez and Rich Doyle to scare up some left over Fins, Saw-Bucks, Double-SawBucks, General Grants and Hundos for the Maeve McNicholas Foundation.
Each year, the Leo Alumni, behind the work of Tom Bourke, Doc Driscoll, Bill Mahoney, Bob Sheehy and Joan and Jack Howard, swelled the ranks of Leo Men in attendance at the Annual Golf Outing.
This year's Glenn Eagles crowd was over 600 participants. Proceeds from the Golf Event go directly in support of Leo High School in the Gresham neighborhood of Chicago.
Knowing their capacity for giving, Coach O'Malley pushed the envelope - Maeve McNicholas Foundation. With the courage of a Lion - O'Malley made a case for the good work ofthe Maeve McNicholas Foundation and the Leo Alumni responded with thousands of dollars. These guys never forget that Jesus had the boys 'pass the baskets' and a Gospel miracle too place.
From St. Xavier University Biography:
O'Malley has an impressive resume when it comes to coaching basketball. He has been named Coach of the Year 22 times over his career. His overall win total now stands at 707 wins, which includes his previous coaching stints at Leo, Reavis, and Evergreen Park High Schools.
O'Malley is a member of the Illinois High School Associaiton (IHSA) Hall of Fame, the Leo High School Hall of Fame and the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame. He has also been a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches for 27 years.
He graduated from Leo High School and attended Loras College (Iowa) for his bachelor of arts in economics which he received in 1963. He received his master's degree in education and administration from Loyola University (Ill.) and has also accumulated over 60 hours of post-graduate work.
O'Malley has been married for 41 years to his wife, Carol, and has three grown children, Tom, Mike and Carrie. He also has 11 grandchildren: Courtney, Molly, Shea, Ryan, Tara, Brennan, Matthew, Nolan, Aidan, Brendan and Anne Catherine.
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