Dennehy running Boston Marathon in honor of Bert Hammel
Former Merrimack men’s hockey coach Mark Dennehy will run the Boston Marathon on Monday in remembrance of former Merrimack men’s basketball coach Bert Hammel. Dennehy is raising money for the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of America, which was near and dear to Hammel’s heart. Hammel ran the ABA Basketball Camp with the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Lawrence every summer.
“To say Bert Hammel is a hero of mine would be an understatement,” Dennehy told The Eagle Tribune this week.
“What Bert did for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence really stuck with me. The ABA (Academic-Basketball-Awareness) Camp was one of the greatest creations I’ve ever seen. That was all Bert.
“(Hammel) is one of the greatest people I’ve ever met,” said Dennehy. “And Bert’s passion was the Boys & Girls Club. Trust me, if I have any issues (next Monday), and I probably will, that’s where I will get my inspiration.”