The 3rd annual Love To ComPete 3v3 soccer tournament was held again at Skillings Field in Winchester on August 15th and 16th. This was the best year ever, with the tournament doubling in size to 325 competitors from 70 teams coming from as far away as VT, CT, NH, and RI. There were boys' and girls' divisions in U-10, U-12, U-14, and High School, along with a Men's Open division. It was a very busy, hot, and tiring two days, but with help from our sponsors and our many volunteers, including volunteer referees, we were able to raise $6,000 for Peter's Foundation.
Love To ComPete 2008, the second annual 3v3 soccer tournament, was held the weekend of August 16th and 17th at Skillings Field in Winchester. It featured divisions for GU-14, BU-14, Girls’ H.S., Boys’ H.S., and Men’s Open. Over 150 players came from all around the area, including CT, NH, and VT, and enjoyed some very competitive soccer.
All proceeds from the tournament went to the Peter French Memorial Foundation, which grants money to individuals in need and to ARVD research. This year’s tournament raised over $4,000.
We switched our Love To ComPete tournament from basketball to 3v3 soccer this year, and it was a big success. It was held at Skillings Field in Winchester and featured 39 teams in divisions for GU-12, GU-14, Boys’ H.S., Girls’ H.S., and Men’s Open. Players came from all over the area, including western Mass. and Nashua, and enjoyed some very competitive soccer on two beautiful sunny days.
All proceeds from the tournament went to the Peter French Memorial Foundation, which gives grants to needy young adults and to ARVD research. This year’s tourney raised around $4,000.
Mike Morris presented another of his famous benefit Halloween Parties. Each year he donates all proceeds to charity, and this year the Peter French Memorial Foundation was a beneficiary of half of the proceeds, totaling $1,300. Many thanks to Mike (and to Van, for volunteering to DJ for the night)!
The 5th Annual Peter French Memorial Golf Tournament was held at the Jamestown Golf Course in RI. Van again organized this fun tournament, where lots of Pete's friends got together for a day/weekend back in the old haunts of Newport. After a competitive match among the nine foursomes, the winning team was "Better Without JK", including Rob Thatford, CJ (Chris Joseph), Mike Morris, and Ken J. They ended up -4 in this "best ball" tourney. A barbeque followed, with a raffle for 4 Celtics tickets (courtesy of Julie DelMastro). All proceeds went to Pete's Foundation. Hopefully, this jovial tradition will continue, though probably it will move to Massachusetts.
Chris again organized and directed Love To ComPete, the 2nd annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament, which was held at the Manchester Field courts in Winchester. Teams from the Greater Boston area competed in two divisions - Boys' High School and Men's Open. The Men's Open division winners were Team Netgain, led by former Miami star Anthony Taylor. The winners of the Boys' High School division were the Silver Palate, a group from Chelmsford High School. We had quite a few sponsors this year, so we were able to raise about $2,800 for Pete's Foundation. Many thanks go to Coach Quinton Dale (Pete's H.S. coach) for helping with the planning and day-of organization. Our volunteers were a tremendous help, and we especially appreciate the time Pete's close friend Dean McClearn put in.
Van organized the 4th Annual Peter French Memorial Golf Tournament. It was held again at the Jamestown, RI Golf Course, with eight teams of four playing "best ball" format. Defending champs "Who's Your Caddie" were considered the favorites but it was two other teams who tied for the lead after nine holes. A tie-breaking putt-off was held at the putting green with "The Dongs" (Travis, Brian, Ian, and Brett) emerging as the new champions. A cookout was held at the course immediately following the tournament for all the participants. In addition to the BBQ, there was a Beirut tourney and a raffle for 4 floor seats to a Celtics game (thanks to Julie DelMastro!). All proceeds went to the Peter French Memorial Foundation. The weather was perfect and the all the people who came down to Newport to participate made it a great day. We look forward to doing it again next year.
Chris organized and directed HoopFest 2005: Love To ComPete, a 3 v 3 basketball tournament at the newly renovated outdoor courts in Winchester. Players came from all over the Greater Boston area to compete in the two divisions - Boys' High School and Men's Open.
After a very competitive day of basketball, the Men's Open champions were Brian Keefe (WHS's all-time leading scorer), Quinton Dale (current WHS varsity coach and former Northeastern star), and Jason Noel and Mike Williams (two of Bryant College's all-time leading scorers). The Boys' High School champions were Mike Marinella, Freemon Romero, Sam Davidson, and Sal Abdo (a collection of St. Mark's players). The 3-Point Contest was won by Jeremy Currier (a former New Hampshire High School State Player of the Year who led the nation in 3-point shooting while at Endicott College) and the Free Throw Contest was won by Mansfield's Mike Vaughan.
Friends of Peter who put in a lot of effort recruiting players and also playing in the event were Brian Keefe, Kirk Minihane, Jamie Morrison, and Quinton Dale (Pete's WHS coach). All proceeds from the tournament (just under $1,300) went to the Peter French Memorial Foundation.
Van organized the 3rd Annual Peter French Memorial Golf Tournament, which was held again at the Jamestown Golf Course in Jamestown, Rhode Island. After a fun afternoon of "best ball" play, "Who's Your Caddie" (Ted Keenan, Dan Hennessy, Ned Burke, and Eric Poydar) came out on top of the nine-team tournament.
The 2nd Annual Peter W. French Memorial Golf Tournament was held at the Jamestown Golf Course in Jamestown, Rhode Island, organized by Van. Fifteen teams of four participated in this "best ball" format of play, which was followed by a barbeque at the clubhouse. The golf may not have been too great, but the fun and fellowship made up for it.