Jim Geraghty, a former Peabody High hockey star, has been the recipient of a couple of very special awards recently.
He was one of 12 prominent movers and shakers to be given the Diversity Game Changer Award from Get Konnected. The theme for the 6th anniversary of the organization was “White Men Who Can Jump,” an unusual title for the former rink rat who made his mark on the ice where his claim to fame was putting the puck in the net.
Geraghty still holds the Tanner scoring title with 151 points in just two and a half years after a broken wrist kept him out of action for half of his sophomore season. He went on to have an outstanding career at Brown University, and is now one of the country’s top financial advisors. For the past 24 years he has made his home in Westford with his wife and four children, and is the executive director of Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.
Despite his busy career and family life, one of Geraghty’s top priorities is finding time to give back to the community. He was recognized as a game changer at a ceremony at the Boston Convention Center, sharing the stage with famous people including Red Sox principal owner John Henry, Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino, Boston mayor Marty Walsh, City Year co-founder Alan Khazei, and others.
Geraghty’s award was for mentoring at risk youths, mostly African-Americans in the inner city, a project near and dear to his heart.
“I became involved in mentoring 10 years ago because I always thought I should give back to the community,” he said. “Growing up in Peabody I was lucky to have coaches, teachers, and former players be mentors to me.”
Geraghty is mentoring 25 young people in Boston, helping to guide them down the right path by giving advice and teaching useful skills. For the gregarious Geraghty, it is rewarding to see these youths do well and in many cases go on to college.