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Redhawk Pride Is Alive

Chris Canlas speaks of SU's athletic traditions

Chris Canlas, '01

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Chris Canlas is president-elect of the Alumni Board of Governors.

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"Seattle University’s athletic traditions are poised for a resurgence, alongside new traditions that showcase school spirit and pride for the institution."
Chris Canlas, '01


Seattle University has a rich history of cheering on its teams and demonstrating school spirit and pride. Some alumni even remember the basketball team of the 1950s, and the memorable season that matched so many exciting games.
John Dougherty, ’66, remembers the student body gathering with the SU basketball team in front of Dick’s Drive-In on Broadway for pre-game rallies in the 1960s. As soon as the games were over, according to John Ruffo, ’65, ’71, members of the Chieftain basketball squad would rush to a restaurant called Keith’s at 15th Avenue and Madison for burgers and socializing.
With ardent student and alumni support, SU produced more NBA players in the 1960s than any other NCAA institution.
Seattle University’s athletic traditions are poised for a resurgence, alongside new traditions that show- case spirit and pride for the institution. Here are some ways I encourage alumni to get involved.


See some of the best student athletes when you check out a men’s or women’s basketball, volleyball or soccer game. Get schedules and tickets at www. And why not plan a tailgate party before the game.


The Seattle University Bookstore offers a variety of collegiate sportswear, along with everything from SU embroidered sweatshirts to binders, pens and mugs. Alumni can get a coupon for 15 percent off gear. Stop by the A&A Building to pick one up. Check out the wares at


Get involved in one of our alumni chapters, organized in the greater Seattle area and throughout the United States. Contact Alumni Relations (call 206-296-6127 or e-mail for a list of chapters in your area, and consider hosting a reunion or game- day party.
Wherever you are and however you celebrate, remember to snap photos showing off your Redhawks pride. Send them to for potential inclusion in future Class Notes.



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