The TAA community was saddened by the news that a former TAA athlete, Kevin Van Lenten, 24, of Topsfield passed away suddenly in November of 2014. The name Kevin Van Lenten, lovingly known as KVL is synonymous with sports. His passion for playing sports began as early as TAA U-8 Soccer and T-Ball and continued on with youth basketball, baseball, lacrosse, and football. Kevin graduated from Masconomet Regional High School in 2008 where he was honored to captain the boys' soccer, basketball, and lacrosse teams. He continued his studies at Bridgton Academy and St. Anslem’s College, where he played Varsity soccer.
The Scholarship Fund was started to establish a legacy in memory of Kevin Van Lenten to assist graduating Tri-Town student athletes with tuition and related college expenses and donate to other worthy causes that Kevin would have wanted to impact.
Funded activities are:
2019 - 7 Scholarships were awarded to graduating Masco seniors
Carolyn Favazza, Sara Fogarty, Samantha Jackson, Charles Karafotias, Harry Kessel, Fadi Serhan, and Jay Theriault
For 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 – Over 40 Scholarships to graduating Masco seniors
Donation to Hodges Family Fund to help pay for medical bills for Laurie Hodges, wife of Ben Hodge's, a teacher of Masco and Kevin's former varsity basketball coach
Donation to the Ben Farrar Fund
The Kevin Van Lenten Scholarship is for a Masconomet student athlete from soccer, basketball and/or lacrosse who possesses the criteria of a leader with passion and spirit for their sport and teammates with the following qualities:
*Works with coaches to enhance team skills & cohesiveness
*Mentor to younger players
*Plays to win
*Respects family, coaches, teammates, officials
*Is a game changer