Former Sox CEO Lucchino to Speak at Athletics Affinity Reception

Former Sox CEO Lucchino to Speak at Athletics Affinity Reception

NECN Sports Anchor Chris Collins Will Join Lucchino for Q&A

Former Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino will serve as the keynote speaker during Alumni Weekend's third annual Athletics Affinity Milestone Reception on Friday, September 16, at the Babson Executive Conference Center (BECC).

Lucchino, who was named Chairman of the Jimmy Fund on April 20 and inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame on May 19, will be joined by Chris Collins for a Q&A format. Collins is the principal sports anchor for New England Cable News (NECN).

Lucchino served as Red Sox President/CEO during a historic 14-year period through 2015, in which the club won three World Series, saved and enhanced Fenway Park, established the Major League Baseball (MLB) record for consecutive sellouts, and created the Red Sox Foundation, a philanthropic powerhouse. He currently serves as Chairman of the Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston's longtime Triple-A affiliate.

The avid sportsman has the unique distinction of earning World Series rings (Orioles, '83; Red Sox, '04, '07, '13), a Super Bowl ring (Redskins, '82), and an NCAA Final Four watch (Princeton, '65). Lucchino, who is a Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor, is active in numerous civic and charitable efforts, particularly in the research and treatment of cancer. He is a board member and served as co-chair of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's $1 billion campaign.

Host of Sports Late Night with Chris Collins, Collins joined NECN in 1998 as a weekend sports anchor. He has been recognized by the Associated Press, and his Sports Late Night show was nominated for a New England Emmy Award. Collins writes a regular column for the Improper Bostonian and devotes time to local community charities, including partnering with former New England Patriot Rodney Harrison and the Massachusetts State Police on its "Stop the Violence" campaign.

At the reception, Babson will honor the 85-year anniversary of the department's oldest varsity program in men's basketball. Baseball will be recognized for its 45-year history, as will women's tennis for 40 years, women's soccer for 35, women's rugby for 20, and men's and women's track & field for 15. Men's soccer head coach Jon Anderson '75 will be honored for his 30 years of service to the department, as will men's basketball's Stephen Brennan for his 20 years as a head coach.