Bruce Harrison has been a championship coach
and a champion for Chelsea’s youth since his days in the Chelsea Youth
Basketball League at the old Chelsea High gymnasium on Clark Avenue.
For the past 12 years, Harrison has been a group leader at the Chelsea REACH after-school program led by Executive Director Linda Alioto-Robinson.
“We help students to stay in school,
graduate, go to college or trade school, or get a job,” said the 57-year-old
Harrison, a 1981 CHS graduate, the father of three children and grandfather of
Harrison announced this week that he will be
leaving REACH to take a position in the Chelsea school system.
“I’m going to be working in school
security,” he related. “I’m sad about leaving. I like the REACH program and
helping kids. But I’m doing it for my family.”
Robinson-Alioto said that Harrison was a
valuable member of the REACH staff.
“We’re going to miss Bruce a lot – he’s the
best group leader ever,” lauded Robinson-Alioto. “But we’re all happy for him
for his new job. It’s a full-time position and he’s a father and a husband and
you need a full-time job. REACH was just part time, so we’re happy for him and
Harrison was busy with REACH Monday running
the annual Lemonade Stand fundraiser at the Stop & Shop store. Proceeds
went to REACH and the St. Luke’s Church Food Pantry. Sean O’Regan and his
brother, James O’Regan Jr. donated the supplies for the lemonade stand.
Harrison has coached in the Chelsea Youth
Basketball League for many years. He led the Bucks team to multiple
championships alongside assistant coach Leo Robinson. Many observers felt that
“Brucie” was at the top of the list of legendary coaches of the 1980s that
included Larry Notkin, Steve Selbovitz, Gerry Godin, Ronald Robinson, Mark
Zamansky, Steve Fried, and Dave Drinan.
Harrison was honored at an event earlier
this year as the Boston Boys and Girls Club “Volunteer of the Year” for his
coaching efforts at the Jordan Boys and Girls Club (JGBC), Chelsea.
Josh Kraft, CEO
of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and the former executive director of the
JGBC, made the presentation to Harrison at the ceremony held at Fenway Park.
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