Providence College Men’s Basketball Coach Ed Cooley Will Receive 12th Annual Brighter Futures Award

Providene – Family Service of Rhode Island, a statewide non-profit serving abused children and
many other Rhode Islanders in need, is honoring Providence College men’s basketball
coach Ed Cooley at its 12th annual Brighter Futures luncheon on Wednesday, October
26, at the Rhode Island Convention Center beginning at noon.
Featured speakers will include Coach Ed Cooley, the honoree; Rev. Brian J. Shanley,
O.P., president of Providence College; John C. Simmons, president of Family Service
of RI’s board of directors, and executive director of the Rhode Island Public
Council; Margaret Holland McDuff, CEO of Family Service of Rhode Island.
Coach Cooley is the first coach or athlete to receive the prestigious Brighter Futures
recognition, which is given annually to an individual or organization making an
outstanding contribution to the well-being of children in the community.
Past recipients include state Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, who is co-chairing
this year’s luncheon; Geoffrey Canada, former president and CEO of the Harlem
Zone; the Boston Red Sox, the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Red Sox Foundation; and
U.S. Senator Jack Reed.