The Futures League

Adam Keenan Award

Adam Keenan is a special member of the Futures League family.

Born April 29, 1991, in Lowell, Adam was educated in the Lowell Schools, attending the John J. Shaughnessy Grammar School, the James Sullivan Middle School, and graduated from Lowell High School, Class of 2009. He attended Franklin Pierce University as a freshman and was enrolled with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, studying Criminal Justice.

An avid sportsman, Adam enjoyed playing football and lacrosse, but baseball was his passion. While growing up he played with the Shedd Park League and the Lowell Pony League. He went on to play baseball with Lowell High School, then at Franklin Pierce and UMass Lowell. He also played for the Lowell American Legion Post 87, the Chelmsford Merchants, and most recently, the Futures League's Seacoast Mavericks.
When he wasn't playing ball, he could be found spending time with his family, friends, or fishing with his Dad.

Adam passed away suddenly on June 6th, 2011, due to an undiagnosed rare heart condition called Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC).

Following his passing, the Futures League instituted the annual Adam Keenan Sportsmanship & Scholarship Award in his honor, while the league accepts donations for the Adam Keenan Foundation and continues to spread awareness for the cause during a special Adam Keenan Weekend near his birthday each year.

Adam was an exceptional individual that exemplified an unbridled enthusiasm and passion for baseball, and his legacy will live on through the annual award, which "is bestowed upon the player who exemplifies the outstanding attitude, character and sportsmanship that is synonymous with Adam Keenan’s legacy."

The league is proud to host the Adam Keenan Legacy Golf Tournament each October as a major annual fundraiser for the scholarship fund. The event has been held each October since 2020.

Adam Keenan Sportsmanship & Scholarship Award Recipients:

2011 - Tommy Chase, Seacoast (University of Notre Dame)

2012 - Andrew Harris, North Shore (Vanderbilt University) & Kevin Stenhouse, Seacoast (University of Rhode Island)

2013 - Skip Flanagan, Old Orchard Beach (Rochester Institute of Technology)

2014 - Zack Short, Brockton (Sacred Heart University)

2015 - T.J. Riccio, Worcester (University of New Haven)

2016 - Jake Marotta, Brockton (Bryant University)

2017 - Brandon Shileikis, Pittsfield (Quinnipiac University)

2018 - Dustin Harris, Worcester (St. Petersburg College)

2019 - Andrew Olszak, North Shore (University of Southern Maine)

Since 2020, the Keenan family has honored one player from each Futures League organization with a scholarship award.

2020 - Jonathan Luders, North Shore (Seton Hall University); Patrick DeSalvo, Brockton (Georgetown University); Danny Crossen, Westfield (Northeastern University); Josh Roberge, Nashua (Wheaton College); Michael Caruso, New Britain (Fairfield University); Danny Torres, Worcester (Saint Leo University)

2021 - Erick Ramirez, Brockton (UMass Dartmouth); Nick Perkins, Nashua (Endicott College); Luke Broadhurst, New Britain (Eastern Connecticut State University); Hunter Yaworski, Norwich (Mitchell College); Jake Blinstrub, Pittsfield (College of Mount St. Vincent); MJ Metz, Vermont (Trinity Univerity-Texas); Hunter Pasqualini, Westfield (Central Connecticut State University); Andrew Selima, Worcester (Merrimack College)

2022 - Peter Messervy, Brockton (Harvard University); Zach Gitschier, Nashua (Clark University); Joel Lara, New Britain (Franklin Pierce University); Ben Jerome, Norwich (Nichols College); Jack Ryan, Pittsfield (UMBC); Tyler Favretto, Vermont (Crowder College); Shayne Audet, Westfield (New England College); Andrew Chronister, Worcester (Shippensburg University)

2023 - Jimmy Gilleran, Brockton (Stonehill College); Shane McNamara, Nashua (Eastern Nazarene College); Billy Mrowka, New Britain (Skyline College); Johnny Knox, Norwich (Nichols College); Derek Paris, Pittsfield (UMBC); Antonio Perrotta, Vermont (University of Virginia); Josh Frometa, Westfield (American International College); Michael Florides, Worcester (Hofstra University)