Mar 18, 2014, 9:19 AM EDT
On the eve of the 84th annual Bengal Bouts finals, the Monogram Club presented longtime Notre Dame boxing coach, trainer, and referee Tom Suddes (’71) with an honorary Monogram.
For more than 40 years, Suddes has been involved with the university’s annual boxing tournament to benefit the Holy Cross Missions in Bangladesh. A resident of Columbus, Ohio, Suddes spends six weeks in South Bend each winter, helping Notre Dame student boxers train for the Bouts.
Joining Executive Director Beth Hunter for the presentation were Jim McGraw (’71, manager) and Pat McFadden (’71, manager), two of Suddes’ friends from his undergraduate days at Notre Dame.
“Tom’s commitment to the University sets a tremendous example for the students,” McFadden said. “He has contributed greatly to the physical, intellectual and spiritual growth of the students he has touched. I think he exemplifies what a University of Notre Dame Monogram represents.”
In addition to his entire family, a number of co-workers, and Bengal Bouts alums, former roommates Jim Bowman (’71) and Bill Schoen (’71, baseball) were also in attendance.
“The entire Notre Dame community and especially our students are fortunate that they have been the beneficiary of Tom’s passionate, long-standing commitment to the things he loves most, Notre Dame, the Bengal Bouts and boxing,” Schoen said.
While at Notre Dame, Suddes was a four-year participant in the Bouts, and won a title in 1969. Following graduation, he served in the United States Army, before returning to Notre Dame, where he worked in the development office until 1979.
In 1983, he founded The Suddes Group, which has raised over $1 billion for companies around the world, and helped lead more than 400 fundraising campaigns. Suddes was the Executive Producer of Strong Bodies Fight, a 2010 documentary about Notre Dame boxing and the missions in Bangladesh.
The Monogram Club is comprised of more than 7,500 individuals who have earned the University’s varsity athletic insignia for their athletic or team support endeavors or who have been recognized as honorary recipients. Honorary recipients include former Notre Dame coaches, influential members of the athletics department and individuals who have made an unparalleled contribution to the betterment of Notre Dame athletics.