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 eeghenMark 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. 

kerry phayreKerry Phayre

College Basketball, All-American, and a finalist for the Wade Trophy in 1982. Kerry is now the "winningest coach in Assumption College Women's Basketball History" for Assumption College. In her career there, the "Hounds" have amassed more than 250 wins and made the NCAA Regionals four times. 

vinnie paz

Vinnie Pazienza

Professional Boxing. Better known as "Vinnie Paz", or by his boxing nickname the Pazmanian Devil. Vinnie is a five-time World Champion. He is known for a comeback made after suffering a broken neck in a 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 hospital, returned to the ring and beat future WBC champion, Luis Santana.

tim reganTim Regan

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 with AHL Rochester. At Boston University, Tim was a stand-out as one of college hockey's all-time greatest goaltending tandems with teammate Dan Brady.

tom mellorTom Mellor

US Olympic Hockey, Professional Hockey, College Hockey. As a 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 bennettHarvey Bennett Jr. played Center for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, St. Louis Blues, and Minnesota North Stars over the course of his career.



curt bennet

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 bennettBill Bennett played for the Boston Bruins and was later picked up in the NHL expansion draft by the Hartford Whalers.




joe cavanagh

Joe Cavanagh

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 United States Hockey Hall of Fame.


michael parkhurstMichael Parkhurst

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 played for the US National team from 2007-2010 and 2012-2014. His other professional Clubs included F.C. Nordsjælland where he earned two Danish Cup titles, Augsburg, the Columbus Crew SC where he made 33 appearances in his first season with Columbus and was named captain of the club. In the summer of 2014, Parkhurst became the first Columbus player in four years named to the MLS All-Star Team, and Atlanta United FC where Parkhurst captained Atlanta to their first MLS Cup victory in 2018, which broke his personal cup drought after four previous finals. On September 23, 2019, Parkhurst announced his intention to retire as a professional player at the end of the 2019 season.