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Brian Moretti Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 2, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...
“Brian had hundreds of friends, really close friends. In a professional way, he got people on his team and, in a personal way, he was everyone’s best friend,” Michael Moretti says of his late brother, a 2005 graduate and hockey standout at Cranston High School West who died in March 2014 from a cardiomyopathy at age 26.

Brian earned his undergraduate degree in sports entertainment/event management from Johnson & Wales University, where he played varsity hockey and worked in the athletics department. He later earned a master’s degree in sports administration at Canisius College, Buffalo, NY. There, he was a member of the external affairs staff in athletics.
“He had a passion for college athletics and a drive to make things happen. His professional path was closely linked to his personal passions,” Michael shares, noting that his brother mentored and coached in youth camps and programs.

In the fall of 2013, Brian joined St. Bonaventure (NY) University as assistant sports information director, and he had recently been promoted to marketing director of athletics.

“Almost immediately (after Brian’s death) people were talking about having a hockey tournament and starting a scholarship fund. There were a lot of people who wanted to memorialize him and pay tribute to his life,” Michael relates. The result was not only the Brian Moretti Hockey Classic in Cranston, but fundraisers at Canisius and St. Bonaventure, as well as a local golf tournament.

“To establish a fund where annually we can pay tribute to Brian’s legacy and also pay it forward to a student like him is great,” Michael states. The Brian Moretti Scholarship will be awarded to graduating seniors at Cranston High School West who are in good academic standing, demonstrate consistent involvement in sports, perform community service, and are upstanding citizens and role models in the school community.

In the program for the Hockey Classic, Michael wrote in part, “We play for Brian to thank him for this gift (of inspiring others), to celebrate his life and honor his legacy. We play for Brian, because Brian would be the first to play for us.”
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