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
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.