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October 30, 2012

Scholarship fund aids North Shore BC bound football players

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“We also have a suite at BC and do all the food and beverages up there, too. As the years go by we’ve been refining our operation, and I think we have it down pat now. People love to come to our tailgates. There’s been a big change since BC joined the ACC, and for one thing the venues are much nicer. We’ve met a lot of wonderful people by doing this, both Boston College families and those from other teams. We know where to go at every location to find things we need, and use the GPS to locate big Wal-Marts that seem to be everywhere down south.”

Although this is a lean year for BC football, it doesn’t bother these four diehard fans, who don’t plan on missing any games even though there will be no Bowl date. They also support the hockey program and love going to the Frozen Four proudly wearing the Crimson.

“It’s all about the kids,” said Gagne. “We go to cheer them on. It’s harder for them because BC is not a football factory like some schools. Academics are stressed along with the athletics. Out of all the kids on scholarship at schools across the country only a very few make it to the NFL. When football is over they need the kind of education Boston College provides to be successful in life. I hope they never change their philosophy or lower their standards.”

LeBlanc hopes before long the scholarship will be fully endowed and his father’s memory will be honored forever.

“I grew up on Bridge Street in Beverly, and my mom and dad instilled the work ethic I needed to help me on my way,” said LeBlanc, who is 63-years old and was able to retire early. “I’m fortunate to have a BC degree. Rick didn’t go to Boston College, but he’s a huge supporter and puts money into my father’s scholarship.

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