Jan. 22, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's lacrosse team and its captain have received H. Martin Deranian Fellowship Awards from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Massachusetts, for outstanding volunteer efforts.
Senior captain Paul LeBlanc earned the award for serving as a Big Brother for three years and recruiting others in the Holy Cross and Worcester communities to serve in the organization, according to Ben Ticho, executive director of the youth mentoring agency. LeBlanc helped raise $3,000 for vital children's programs by recruiting his team mates to participate in the Rodman Ride last year.
The lacrosse team was honored for its John's Brothers program. The team received the Deranian award for "their six years of service as Big Brothers to boys in Worcester, for their inspiration and recruitment efforts to other teams and students at Holy Cross, and for their role in recruiting other sports teams at Clark, WPI, Assumption and Worcester State," said Ticho. "The Holy Cross men's lacrosse team were our first Big Brothers based at schools in the area."
The lacrosse team members, including the coaches, each have a Little Brother in elementary schools in Worcester, primarily Canterbury Street School.
The John's Brothers group volunteers in memory of John Price, a captain of the lacrosse team who died in a tragic train accident in 2000. Price was involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters in Worcester.
The Deranian Award is named for Dr. Martin Deranian, a Shrewsbury dentist, who was matched with his Little Brother 40 years ago and has been an active supporter of the agency ever since.