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3.2 for Ben Virtual 3.2 mile run/walk benefitting the Benson M. Abercrombie '21 Fund

Nearly 900 individuals chose to #StandUpForBen by participating in, making a donation to, or sponsoring a virtual 3.2 mile walk/run in honor of the #32 Ben Abercrombie '21-23 wears for the Harvard Football team.

As a result, more than $75,000 was raised for The Abercrombie Fund which provides support to the Abercrombie family and any future Harvard undergraduate student-athlete who incurs a severe or catastrophic injury while competing for the Crimson while enrolled in Harvard College. The fund is named in honor of Ben Abercrombie, who suffered a serious cervical injury while making his Harvard football debut on September 16, 2017.

Top Overall Finishers

  • Brian Reis '11, Track & Field, 16:53
  • Ellaney Matarese, 18:10
  • Joe Lang '18, Lacrosse, 18:55

Top Female Finishers

  • Ellaney Matarese, 18:10
  • Grace Keane '17, Basketball, 20:28
  • Kolbe Keating '21, Field Hockey, 20:33

Top Male Finishers

  • Brian Reis '11, Track & Field, 16:53
  • Joe Lang '18, Lacrosse, 18:55
  • Jason Metakis '99, Football, 18:58

Top Current Student-Athlete Finishers

  • Kolbe Keating '21, Field Hockey, 20:33
  • Maddie Heilbrun '22, Swimming & Diving, 20:57
  • Sage Nye '21, Field Hockey, 21:03

Top Top 50+ Female Finishers

  • Janet Lennon-Jones, 24:40
  • LeeAnn Stewart, 26:25
  • Bridget Reagan, 26:46

Top Top 50+ Male Finishers

  • John Brzezenski '91, Football, 21:30
  • Hong Jin, 22:05
  • Scott Collins '87, Football, 22:28

Oldest Competitor

  • John Lynch '54, Football, 88 years young

Youngest Competitors

  • Alden Miree, 5 years old
  • Mason Miree, 5 years old

HVC Board Member and Ben's former teammate, Raishaun McGhee '17, continues to be the driving force behind the success of initiatives in support of The Abercrombie Fund. Raishaun previously spearheaded Bowl For Ben as a way to raise funds for The Abercrombie Fund while kicking off Harvard-Yale weekend. The first iteration took place in 2018 at Jillian’s Lucky Strike outside of Fenway Park on the eve of the Crimson’s 45-27 victory over the Eli at the iconic baseball stadium. The following year Bowl For Ben took place at BowlMor Times Square. Raishaun's efforts over the last three years have produced more than $130,000 for The Abercrombie Fund.

Going the extra mile — or 3.2 of them — for Abercrombie

written by Juan Siliezar, Harvard Gazette

The 3.2 for Ben virtual walk-race is inviting the Harvard community to lace up their shoes and rally around one of their own.

The virtual event, scheduled for Saturday through Nov. 22, is raising funds in honor of undergrad Ben Abercrombie '21-23, who suffered life-changing paralysis in his first game for the Crimson football team in September 2017.

“Everybody on the team, as soon as you step on the field or in that locker room, you become a member of the family whether you’re a freshman or senior, sophomore. It doesn’t matter what year,” McGhee said. “He is a part of the family.”

“It means a lot to me and my family,” Abercrombie said. “The benefits will help us pay for equipment, supplies, and technology I need for rehab, School, and other things to keep me healthy, further my path to graduation, and my path to healing.”

We also owe huge thanks to our generous alumni and friends who sponsored the event.

Badger Level Sponsors

  • Joe Margolis '83
  • Jim Quagliaroli '97
  • Summit Partners -- Scott Collins ’87, Peter Chung ’89, Phil Furse ‘93, Matt Curtis ‘09, Bobby Schneider ‘13, Max Rich ’17, Alex LaPolice ‘19

Crimson Level Sponsors

  • Thomas M. Joyce '77
  • Landry Family Foundation -- G. Barrie Landry, Kimberly GwinnLandry, Jennifer Landry Le

Varsity Level Sponsors

  • Steve Kaseta '78
  • Pam & Seth '86 Farber
  • Tim '90 & Kerri Perry
  • Nicole '93 & Phil '84 Haughey
  • Eion Hu '97
  • Clint Kollar '00
  • M. Brad Wilford '00
  • Brian Sponheimer ’01 & Steve Collins ’02
  • Willie Alford '02
  • Sara Cami '20 & Ron Cami '89
  • Patricia Henry
  • Seidl Family
  • Wells Fargo Advisors -- Chris Cole