SJU Kickoff Luncheon set for Aug. 16

The annual St. John’s Football Kickoff Luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 16 in the PepsiCo Dining Room in Sexton Commons on the St. John’s campus.

That marks two changes from in years past: The first being the luncheon will be held after practice has already started, the second being the event will actually be held on campus at St. John’s.

Check-in and social time begins at 11:30 a.m. The lunch and program will begin at noon. The event will feature new head coach Gary Fasching and his assistants, as well as Fr. Wilfred Theisen and Johnnies’ play-by-play voice Mark Lewandowski of WBHR (660 AM).

All in attendance are invited to Clemens Stadium to watch the team practice following the program.

The cost of the event is $15 per person. Those interested can register online or the day of in Sexton Commons. To reserve an entire table, contact Leila Utsch at 363-3654 or via e-mail at

Of course, the event will be the first without John Gagliardi being the team’s head coach, but also the first without the late John Quinlivan, the longtime organizer of the luncheon.

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