Jesuit Basketball Spotlight Celebrates 5 Years of Academics and Athletics

This winter, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight (JBS) program. Since the 2008-2009 season, JBS has brought greater positive awareness and exposure to Jesuit education and its shared mission to thousands of people across the nation who have attended over 450 basketball games played by Jesuit institutions against each other.
To commemorate this anniversary, AJCU has produced a promotional video that celebrates the academic, spiritual and basketball traditions of all 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Jesuit institutions promote academic excellence, service and justice, and encourage students to seek God in all things and be men and women for others. Today, Jesuit institutions boast over 2 million living alumni across the world, including nearly 10% of the United States Congress and basketball legends Bob Cousy (College of the Holy Cross), Bill Russell (University of San Francisco) and John Stockton (Gonzaga University).

During the 2013-2014 season, the men’s and women’s basketball teams from all 28 Jesuit institutions will play against each other in 91 games. Full schedules are available to download in PDF format:

 Men's 2013-2014 JBS Schedule  Women's 2013-2014 JBS Schedule

Beginning with the first week of December, we'll be updating this page with weekly game notes for both men's and women's Jesuit teams:

 Men's Game Notes: Week 13  Women's Game Notes: Week 13

We invite you to support and promote JBS in any of the following ways:
  • Broadcast Jesuit basketball video and air in-arena announcements about Jesuit education during home basketball games
  • Use the JBS logo and write about Jesuit basketball in advance media notes, promotional materials, score boards, etc.
  • Broadcast radio/TV announcements about Jesuit education during home basketball games
  • Half-time programming, e.g. academic/service honors ceremony
  • Community service drives: coordinate with local Jesuit Volunteer Corps (or similar organization) to collect canned goods before a game
  • Feature an interview with a Jesuit university president or mission and identity representative for local advance newscasts or game coverage

For more information on JBS, please contact Deanna Howes, AJCU Director of Communications: (202) 862-9893,

Additional Alumni Profiles
Robert J. Morrissey
Lisa Bell Wilson
Aimee Bell
Major General Marcia Anderson
Maria Dzida
Sister Mary Scullion, R.S.M.
Judge Jimmie Edwards
Robert G. Lahita, M.D., Ph.D.
John Beilein
Janet Napolitano
John Douglas Thompson

Quote of the week

“As a product of Catholic schools, continuing my education at a Jesuit institution was a logical part of my journey. The emphasis on using your talents and skills to improve the lives and conditions of others, rather than focusing on personal enrichment, resonated deeply with me. I truly believe that living my life in service of others - both personally and professionally - has allowed me to thrive in unimaginable ways.”
Major General Marcia Anderson, Creighton University '79

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