Officials created an endowment to benefit campus soccer programs.
The Brian Harvey Endowment for OCU Soccer will be used to help provide the best experience at the university for soccer student-athletes.
“The Brian Harvey Endowment for OCU Soccer is a general endowment to benefit the men’s and women’s soccer program,” Athletic Director Jim Abbott said. “The endowment funds will be held perpetually. They will last forever and each year those funds will generate earnings and the earnings will be available to spend in support of our soccer program.”
The endowment is named to honor Coach Brian Harvey, who has coached OCU’s soccer teams since first fielding a men’s team in 1986.
Junior Midfielder Keeley Brewer said she is excited about the endowment being available.
“Harvey is truly a great coach and man, and to know that his name will live on and benefit this university and soccer program is so amazing,” she said.
There are no limitations to the funds, except that they must be used to benefit the soccer programs, Abbott said. He said the money could be used for scholarships, travel, facilities, or equipment.
“The only limit is that the use of the funds must benefit the soccer program in some way,” he said.
The endowment recognizes Harvey’s work for 30 years to improve campus soccer programs.
“A big part of his legacy, has been building our program and impacting the lives of young people,” Abbott said. “I like that we will have something here forever that will remember his contributions.”
It just made sense to name the endowment after Harvey, Abbott said.
“He has given a big part of his life to our university and our soccer program and so this is really a great tribute to him,” Abbott said. “It ensures that for the life of soccer at OCU, Brian Harvey will continue to impact the students that participate.”
Like the fundraising done for the new soccer locker rooms, the endowment relied on donations from alumni, friends and fans of Harvey and the soccer program.
“The more funds we can get in the endowment, the more earnings that will generate every year for our programs,” Abbott said.
If you’re interested in donating a gift, email Jim Abbott at firstname.lastname@example.org. A gift of any amount will be accepted into the endowment funds.
Harvey was unavailable for comment at presstime.