For more than 50 years CLCF has been developing children through sport. Among the thousands, some have gone on to great success in professional and collegiate levels. Here are some of their stories:
Mark Van Eeghen
Professional Football, Most Valuable Player and second highest rusher for the Oakland Raiders. Winner of two Super Bowl Rings as a Raider, Mark went on to play two seasons with the New England Patriots. Mark was also an all-stater for Cranston High School West, and set the single season rushing record for Colgate in his college career.
College Basketball, All-American and finalist for the Wade Trophy in 1982. Kerry now the "winningest coach is Assumption College Women's Basketball History" for Assumption College. In her career there, the "Hounds" have amassed more that 250 wins, and made the NCAA Regionals four times.
Professional Boxing. Better known as "Vinnie Paz", or by his boxing nick-name the Pazmanian Devil. Vinnie is a five-time World Champion. He is known for a comeback made after suffering a broken neck in car crash. After being told he would never fight again, Vinnie staged one of the most remarkable comebacks in boxing history. After only three months in a neck brace and hospitals, returned to the ring and beat future WBC champion Luis Santana.
US Olympic Hockey, Professional Hockey, College Hockey. As a Goalie, Tim was a member of the 1972 silver medalist hockey team. Tim was a fifth round draft pick by the Buffalo Sabres and played most of his career in with AHL Rochester. At Boston University, Tim was a stand-out as on of college hockey's all-time greatest goaltending tadems with team mate Dan Brady.
US Olympic Hockey, Professional Hockey, College Hockey. As defenseman, Tom was a member of the 1972 silver medalist hockey team. Tom was a three-time All-American for Boston College. He played professional hockey with the Detriot Red Wings and went on to coach in the European leagues.
The Bennett Brothers (Harvey Jr., Bill and Curt)
Professional Hockey. Sons of Canadian Harvey Bennett Sr, a goaltender for the Boston Bruins, the Bennett brothers are from a true hockey family.
Harvey Bennett Jr. played Center for the Pittspurgh Penquins, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, St. Louis Blues and Minnesota North Stars over the course of his career.
Curt Bennett after three successful seasons at Brown University, Curt was selected 16th overall by the St. Louis Blues playing forward and helping that team to the Stanley Cup finals in 1972. He later played for the Atlanta Flames and twice appeared in the NHL All-Star games.
Bill Bennett played for the Boston Bruins and was later picked up in the NHL expansion draft by the Hartford Whalers.
College Hockey. Joe played for Harvard University. In his college career, he earned three All-American honors as well as All-East, All-Ivy and ECAC Rookie of the Year honors. In 1971 Joe broke his wrist in Olympic Team training camp and decided not to pursue a professional hockey career. In 1991 he was named to the Unites States Hockey Hall of Fame.
Professional Soccer. Michael entered the MLS in 2005 with the New England Revolution. As a defenseman he was a starter in his very first season and was named MLS Rookie of the Year. He played four seasons for the Revs and scored his first and only MLS goal on a 60 yard boot against Toronto FC in 2007. In his career, Michael was twice named the MLS Defender of the year, twice named the MLS Humanitarian of the Year and has been named to the MLS top-ten. Michael has played for the US National team for six consecutive years and now plays for F.C. Nordsjælland where he has earned two Danish Cup titles.