Allison and Michael Tevlin, together with Seton Hall Prep Administration, Have Announced the Brendan P. Tevlin '13 Memorial Field
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
LIVINGSTON, NJ - Brendan Tevlin's mom, Allison McNulty Tevlin, announced on Thursday that plans are underway for naming the main playing field at the Seton Hall Prep athletic complex in Brendan's memory. The Brendan Patrick Tevlin '13 Memorial Field will be named in his honor, and kept up with continuous improvements through the Brendan Patrick Tevlin '13 Memorial Fund. The family first announced their intention to have the field named after Brendan last month.
"We are forever grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support
The families were inspired to name the field after Brendan at the Kelly Athletic Complex, located in West Orange, to ensure that the memory of his short, but meaningful, life outshines the circumstances of his tragic, and senseless, death. Naming the field after Brendan is an appropriate memorial as he played on it often; it's regularly used for football, soccer, lacrosse and track and field events .
Brendan graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School in 2013. While there, he was an active member of the student body and participated on the Lacrosse Team, the Ambassador's Club, the Knights of Setonia, the Math and Spanish Honor Societies and he was also a member of the National Honor Society and the Student Council. He also served as President of the Gaelic Club and received the Monsignor Tuohy Award for having achieved a GPA of over 4.0 for all four years at Seton Hall. After graduating, Brendan went on to the University of Richmond where he was a member of the school's Lacrosse Club.
In her statement, McNulty Tevlin referenced Rev. Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, who had been the prep school's headmaster since 1980 and currently serves as the president. It was Kelly who was instrumental in constructing the Edward D. and Helen M. Kelly Athletic Complex beginning in 1993. Kelly has confirmed that the field will be memorialized in Brendan's name.
“Seton Hall Prep President Monsignor Kelly, and the entire administration
Allison and her husband Michael Tevlin, along with Brendan's uncles, Patrick Tevlin and Doug McNulty, who are co-chairing the fundraising project, were recently interviewed on the Greta Van Susteren news program to discuss their fundraising efforts. Both of Brendan's parents spoke about the need to remember him not for the way he died, but instead for the way he lived.
The newly created Brendan Patrick Tevlin '13 Memorial Fund is very much in need of donations to insure that the memorial field project goes forward. Gifts of cash and checks are the easiest and most common method of supporting any donations to Seton Hall Prep but there are many ways to donate to the Memorial Fund:
The Facebook group "Good Vibes and Easy Living" has been established by the friends and family of Brendan. By sharing memories, photos and stories, the group seeks to celebrate Brendan's life. The name is taken from one of Brendan's favorite expressions.
"We are overwhelmed by this extraordinary promise by Seton Hall Prep,