Commerce basketball players receive scholarships from Ronald J. Brace, III Scholarship Fund

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Six senior basketball players from the High School of Commerce were awarded scholarships and awards from the first ever Ronald J. Brace, III Scholarship Fund Monday night.

Brace was a Springfield native who went on to play for the New England Patriots. Three years ago, he died unexpectedly in his sleep.

His family started the scholarship fund as a way to carry on his name, saying even though he played in the NFL his biggest accomplishment was his degree from Boston College.

I just wanted to pass something down because I know what kind of person he was I know he liked to help his community and he liked to help student athletes.

Lucia Murphy received a one thousand dollar scholarship.

The 5 other seniors received $100 gift cards.

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