Bowling benefit for Patrick G. Kwiatkowski '72 Scholarship is Aug. 21

Story by Martin Haumesser

 

The second annual Legends Classic to benefit the Patrick G. Kwiatkowski ’72 Memorial Scholarship Fund will be held Aug. 21. Click here to reserve your spot or to donate. This story was originally published in the winter edition of CHS Today. Above, Scott '97, Mary Jean, Matthew '09 and Michael Kwiatkowski '99 at the inaugural 2021 event. 

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By the numbers, the coaching career of the late Patrick Kwiatkowski ’72 is impressive. More than 700 wins over 23 years as the Canisius High School bowling coach. Five Monsignor Martin Athletic Association championships and five All-Catholic championships.

Then there are the hundreds of Crusader student-athletes – including his own sons Scott ’97, Michael ’99 and Matthew ’09 – who learned and developed under the longtime coach. By the telling of those who loved him, those numbers are only a fraction of the impression Kwiatkowski made during his lifetime. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather, a hard-working store manager, a compassionate boss and a role model for the Jesuit motto of “Men for Others.” He made his mark on the lanes in what little time he had to spare.

When Kwiatkowski passed away in 2019, the family sought a way to honor his legacy.

“Bowling has always been a big part of our lives, but family always came first,” said Mary Jean Kwiatkowski, the coach’s wife of 42 years. "Pat started as coach of the bowling team when our son, Scott, asked him to substitute after the former coach left. One year turned into 23 – that was Pat, always doing more to help out.”

According to eldest son, Scott, the line of people attending his father’s wake was out the door. “My dad always thought he was not well-known, but the number of people who came to pay their respects proved otherwise,” Scott said. “So many donated to pay tribute to him at the service, the family decided to establish a scholarship at Canisius with the funds.”

A fundraiser held in August 2021 got the ball rolling for the Patrick G. Kwiatkowski ’72 Memorial Scholarship Fund. Middle son, Michael – now the varsity coach at Canisius after 12 years of coaching JV with his father – says the overwhelming success of the event demonstrates the impact the coach made on so many lives.

“The event was a family affair, not just his wife and sons, but grandchildren, in-laws, and my dad’s extended family in the Canisius community,” Michael said. “More than 100 bowlers participated, including former players he coached and teammates from when my dad played on the school’s first bowling team. Over 120 more people attended to help raise funds.”

Four of Coach Kwiatkowski’s classmates – John Buszka ’72, John Lagree ’72, Paul Maloney ’72 and Gene Rudzinski ’72 – bowled in the event and others from the class came to watch. Donations came from across the country and a generous gift even came from Germany. The first event raised more than $15,000 to establish the scholarship.

With the help of Andy Deyell ’91, vice president of institutional advancement at the high school, the family structured a unique scholarship aimed at aiding a student in financial need who is on the Crusader bowling team. Their goal is to build the funds through additional donations to create an endowed scholarship that continues to help student bowlers for years to come.

“My father had the blue and gold in his veins,” said youngest son Matthew. “The scholarship is a tribute to him, the values he maintained over his life and the brotherhood of Canisius High School that meant so much to him."

Awards ceremony highlights another great HAP summer

Rising eighth graders from all over Western New York completed our Higher Achievement Program Friday as the four-week multifaceted experience concluded with our awards ceremony.

Friday’s awards ceremony was highlighted with the naming of Mr. HAP 2022: Ka’Ron Gentry of Buffalo and Nativity Miguel School’s St. Augustine Campus.

Requiescat in Pace, Charles 'Chip' Jones ‘74

We mourn the loss of Chip, a successful businessman with a long history of service to Canisius High School and several other Western New York community groups.

A former chair of the CHS Board of Trustees and an inductee into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor, he embraced he Jesuit motto of being a "Man for Others" by serving on the boards of many charities and organizations.

National Honor Society induction among highlights of Junior Awards Ceremony

Several distinguished honors and the 2022 induction to Canisius's Robert Bellarmine Chapter of the National Honor Society highlighted Tuesday’s Junior Awards Ceremony in the historic Scaccia Auditorium.

"This past week, we celebrated and bid farewell to the class of 2022," said Principal Andrea Tyrpak-Endres. "Today, we gather to highlight the achievements of our rising seniors, to celebrate the accomplishments of our new student leaders – the class of 2023."

Military appointments among scores of students honored at Senior Awards Ceremony

Tuesday’s Senior Awards Ceremony honored scores of members of the Class of 2022, which collectively has earned more than $21 million in college scholarships and grants.  

Students attending service academies, earning national honors and school-wide recognition for a wide range of activities and achievements were honored before their parents and schoolmates in the historic Scaccia Auditorium.

Victor Mazzara named Mr. Canisius 2022

The 61st Mr. Canisius was announced by principal Ms. Andrea Tyrpak-Endres during this morning's senior awards.

These are the words of Mr. Canisius 2022 upon being nominated:

"I am beyond thankful for the formative role the entire Canisius community has played in my life. No longer am I the shy, anxious kid that walked through the Blue Doors in 2018 ... 

Peter Reiser ’84 named dean of students at Canisius

Peter Reiser ’84, who has 22 years of experience in Jesuit education, including six of those here at Canisius, has been named dean of students at Canisius High School, Principal Andrea Tyrpak-Endres announced Monday morning.

Reiser was the director of college counseling at Canisius from 2000 to 2006. He has spent the last 16 years at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado.

Finalists announced for 2022 Mr. Canisius award

The Mr. Canisius Award is presented annually to the graduating senior who, in the estimation of his peers, epitomizes all that Canisius stands for. 

Read the reflections written by the 2022 finalists about their time at Canisius and what it means to be a candidate for this award.