On December 16, Endicott College broke ground for its newest residence hall, which will be named in honor of Peter Frates.
Peter Frates is the former Captain of the Boston College baseball team and professional baseball player in Europe, who was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2012 at the age of 27. Since his diagnosis, he and his family have taken an active role in raising awareness and funds for ALS research. Frates’ mother, Nancy E. Frates, was an honored speaker at the Endicott College Commencement in May 2015.
According to President Richard E. Wylie, “We are honored to recognize Pete and name this facility for him. His strong personal and professional values make him a role model whose name and reputation should be preserved for generations.”
Frates is credited with inspiring the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which quickly became a viral fundraising phenomenon. The challenge inspired people across the United States and around the world to help spread awareness of and increase donations to the ALS Association, all through the engaging act of posting videos of participants dumping buckets of ice water on themselves and encouraging friends to do the same.
Peter was born in Beverly and married Julie Kowalik in 2013. They have a daughter named Lucy.
The Peter Frates Residence Hall, a traditional hall that will house 225 undergraduate students in spacious triple rooms with community baths, will be located on the east side of campus near Brindle and Endicott Hall. The residence hall is anticipated to open in fall 2016. The builders are Windover Construction and the designing architect is Siemasko & Verbridge.