DURHAM – Duke University Athletics recently received an important gift from former student-athletes Annie Mulholland Patrick and Lucas patrick in partnership with the donor Pradeep Baliga.
The donation will be used to endow the Annie & Lucas Patrick-Mary E. Gambee Memorial Fund, a scholarship established in the name of Annie’s late mother, Mary, which will be awarded annually to a current student-athlete.
Annie and Lucas are the youngest former student-athletes to create a scholarship for Duke Athletics, while Pradeep becomes the first donor to partner with former Duke student-athletes to create this unique gift.
“Duke was and continues to be a special place for Lucas and I,” Annie said of why they decided to create the scholarship. “Our time on campus has played a central role in our development on and off the pitch and we wouldn’t be where we are today without it, which is why when this opportunity presented itself we had jumped at the chance to pay her forward for the future Blue Devils. “
“Giving to Duke Athletics has always been a priority for me,” Pradeep said of working with the Patricks for this scholarship opportunity. “Since I was a student, I’ve seen former student-athletes do great things, not just on the pitch. Creative ideas like Teamworks and Protect3d come from our former football players.”
Lucas won a letter for four years along the Blue Devils offensive line, winning All-ACC honors in 2015, before signing as an undrafted free agent with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. . Annie was a four-year letter winner for Duke’s women’s tennis program, compiling an overall singles record of 72-35 and a doubles score of 100-39. Pradeep dated Duke from 2002-2006 and was a member of the school’s racquetball team, representing the Blue Devils at the National Championships in his sophomore and freshman.
“We are very grateful for Pradeep’s partnership,” said Lucas. “It says a lot about his love and passion for Duke Athletics that he wanted to partner with us to give back in such a meaningful way.”
“My mother was the common thread of my academic and athletic journey,” added Annie. “She believed deeply in the power of education and sport, so when we lost her in May, it seemed right to honor her through this scholarship fund. We hope our scholarship fund can to offer future Blue Devils the opportunity that has been given to us. “
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