Marshall Crane is the General Manager of Lake Sunapee Country Club and Founder/President of the Frank Monahan Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance in the betterment of the lives and athletic experiences of the youth of Concord, NH and surrounding communities and continue the legacy built by Coach Frank Monahan, a former coach at Bishop Brady High School. He’s also training to run in The Boston Marathon on April 18.
Why did you decide to start the Frank Monahan Foundation?
When I moved back to New England from Miami, I started talking with my two good friends, Jeremy Woodward and Billy Collins, about starting a foundation to give back to the community in which we were raised. It was only fitting to name it after Coach Monahan, who had such an immense impact not only on our lives, but on the lives of so many others. He was an inspiration to his family, friends and generations of student athletes. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, but 4 years later, it’s incredible to see how much we’ve grown.
What accomplishments of the Foundation are you most proud of?
In just 4 short years, the Frank Monahan Foundation has been able to raise money through a couple major events each year that we in turn give back to the
community and local children by giving to organizations and schools like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central NH, Bishop Brady High School, Concord High School, Merrimack Valley High School, NH Children’s Trust, Concord Northeast Baseball & Softball League, Concord Rec Department and others. We make small donations that make a big difference. We’ve donated high school basketball uniforms, money for sports equipment and musical instruments and more. Being recognized by the community for helping our local youth is a wonderful accomplishment, but the joy that we bring to the coaches, teachers, kids and their families is what we are most proud of, and why we do the work we do.
What are your hopes as you continue your work with the Foundation?
We hope to grow each year so we can continue to give back to the community in unique ways. We’d like to continue working to improve our outdoor parks in for the children to enjoy and to continue to help schools in areas that are lacking in funding. We do this work because we love bringing smiles to people’s faces and because we love this community.
The future is bright for Concord and we want to continue to bring some new light to our community. Coach Monahan was an incredible man. We only hope to continue to honor a man that gave so much to his community and family.
How did you get involved in running The Boston Marathon this year?
Boston is my second home. I went to Boston University and have worked several years in Boston. I bleed Boston sports and Boston culture. The Boston Marathon is one of the greatest sports challenges in the world. I like to push myself to test my limits and I knew this would be the ultimate test, so I joined the Greg Hill Foundation Marathon Team.
What about the Greg Hill Foundation resonates with you?
The Greg Hill Foundation was the first charity after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings to write checks to families in the hospitals. They were “First Responders” to families that didn’t know what was going on yet. They are a foundation that raises up before anyone else to help. It is an honor to be associated with such a wonderful foundation, and I hope one day the Frank Monahan Foundation will be looked upon as such.
What is your goal for time in the Marathon?
I don’t have a time that I’m hoping to get. My goal for the marathon is to enjoy the journey and finish strong. The journey started last November to get to April 18th. I am going to cherish every mile of the 26.2 and smile every step I take. And I am going to think of all the people that have supported me on this journey, because the amount of support I’ve had is just incredible.
Finally, you’ve lived in different states – what brought you back to NH?
Family. My fiancé, Mel, and I both grew up in Concord, NH. We wanted to come back to our roots and raise our family in a community that was amazing to us when we were growing up. I’ve lived in Hollywood, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Boston, Washington, D.C. and nothing compares to the realness of the communities in NH. We are happy to be back in the 603!