Friday, November 30, 2012
We congratulate Dr. Kelley and his wife Jean who brought Honor and Distinction to the Town of Branford. The Branford Sports Hall of Fame was established to recognize individuals that participated in sports in high school or college as a player, coach, sponsor, organizer, journalist or fan and brings distinction to the Town of Branford. The 25th annual dinner was held on Friday November 16 at Woodwinds Banquet Facility in Branford with 365 attending.
Among this year's honorees were Dr Jack Kelley and his wife Jean. Dr Kelley is from Akron Ohio where he graduated from Archbishop Hoban High School and was a standout football player. He later attended Yale where he lettered for three years for Hall of Fame coach Carmen Cozza. Mrs. Kelley is from Rutland Vermont where she graduated from St. Joseph Academy. She was a four year member of the tennis team and later graduated from the University of Vermont. They have lived in Branford for over 20 years.
As Bill O'Brien, chairman of the dinner indicated, "there is little question that Jean and Jack Kelley have brought honor and distinction to the town of Branford with their yearly effort with the Hammerfest Triathlon for the benefit of the Myelin Project, raising over $750,000 in an effort to create an awareness and raise research money for Adrenoleukodystrophy a disease of the central nervous system that has stricken their son Brian". Stay tuned to learn more as Jean prepares to launch their new charity, Brian's Hope.
Additional information about Dr and Mrs. Kelley and the other honorees can be found on the web site of the organization branfordsportshalloffame.com.
Previous honorees include Bob DuPuy, former President of Major League Baseball, Jim Bell former Executive Director of NBC's Today Show and current Executive Director of the Olympic Games for NBC Sports, both of Branford, and Doug Melvin General Manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, a former Branford resident.