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Latest News --- 2001  
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Monday, 5 November 2001:  A ceremony was held at The Sports Museum of New England to commemorate a permanent exhibit that has been installed in honor of Brendan Grant.  The exhibit is comprised of a locker filled with Brendan's sports treasures and personal effects, including his retired jerseys from Belmont High School in Belmont MA (#1) and American International College in Springfield MA (#23).  The location of the locker is placed next to the exhibit of the great Harry Agganis (across from luxury box suite 640 on the sixth floor of the Fleet Center) because of the fondness Brendan had for Harry and also because they left us on the same calendar day (27 June).  Check www.sportsmuseum.org at the Sports Museum website for hours and full details.

Saturday, 13 October 2001:  A special homecoming memorial ceremony honoring Brendan Grant was held at 11:00 a.m. at the baseball diamond of American International College (AIC) in Springfield, MA.  Last season as a Freshman, Brendan was a regular starter for the AIC varsity baseball team.  The ceremony was immediately followed by a varsity baseball game, and various other AIC homecoming events.  Later in the spring of 2002 would see the completion of the Brendan Grant Memorial Locker Room at AIC; click here for further details.

Monday, 1 October 2001: A fundraiser Golf Tournament and evening dinner was held at the prestigious Belmont Country Club, Belmont Massachusetts.  This event was a great success, both in spirit and in the funds raised for the foundation.

Monday, 24 September 2001: At a special ceremony held on Monday 24 September, the Boston Red Sox announced the donation of $50,000 to the Brendan Grant Foundation from Boston Red Sox outfielder Dante Bichette.  The check was be presented to the Foundation at the Brendan Grant Memorial Field, 221 Concord Ave, Belmont (previously known as the Belmont High School Varsity Baseball Field) by Sox General Manager Dan Duquette and front office staff.

Monday, 17 September 2001:  By unanimous vote of the Belmont School Committee at their meeting on 17 September, the Belmont High School Varsity Baseball Field has been officially named, effective immediately, the "Brendan Grant Memorial Field".

Friday, 24 August 2001: The Annual Cops/Kids Softball Game honored Brendan Grant at the Belmont Softball Field.  The home run derby trophy has been named in Brendan's honor, as he was the first to win it in 1999, and this will be permanently on display in the lobby of the Belmont Police Station. The 2001 winners were Belmont High School graduate Joel Diamond and Belmont Dispatcher David Jones.

Thursday, 23 August 2001: The Oldtime Baseball Game was held at St. Peters Field in Cambridge, with special honors given to Brendan Grant.  This included Brendan posthumously appointed as one of the players, his picture featured on the cover, a short write-up within the program, a banner on the outfield fence, and opening ceremony remarks by his Father, Casey Grant.  Many were on hand to enjoy this tribute.

Sunday, 12 August 2001: A fundraiser Golf Tournament sponsored by National Fire Protection Association (where Brendan's Father Casey Grant works) was held in Rockland Massachusetts.  Despite a little rain, the tournament was a great success.

Thursday, 2 August 2001: The creation of "The Brendan Grant Foundation" was announced at one of the on-going open planning meetings held at Belmont High School on 2 August.  Other similar open planning meetings were held on 19 July and 30 August.

Thursday, June 28 2001: A special Evening Counseling Meeting was held at Belmont High School to initiate the healing process for the tragedy that had befallen a family, a community, and beyond.

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