The Christopher Potvin Scholarship Fund was established in 1987 in memory of Christopher Potvin who was fatally injured in an automobile accident on his way to school on the morning of January 6, 1987. Christopher was an outstanding athlete in his Freshman year at St. Bernard High School in Montville. He was the starting point guard for the Freshman basketball team, but his favorite sport, the one he excelled in, was baseball. Chris won the batting title three of his four year in Little League, was the only fourteen-year old to be selected for the 1986 Montville Babe Ruth League All Star Team, and was in his second year as a player for American Legion Post 4 in Norwich. According to a New London Day sports writer who had covered American Legion Baseball in the area for many, Chris was the only thirteen-year-old player he remembers to have hit safely at that level of baseball.
In March 1987, a Scholarship Fund was created in his memory. A Board of Directors was formed with Attorney Jeff Hill as President. The Board elected to sponsor the Babe Ruth Tournament of Champions in Chris’ memory and as a fund raiser for the Scholarship Fund. Now in it’s 24th year, the Fund will have distributed $278,000 to college bound high school graduates in the New London County area.
The first Tournament of Champions was held in 1987 with four teams taking part. Several years ago it became an open memorial tournament drawing teams from most of the local towns and from all over the state. A softball tournament was added in 1993, This tournament, which has 13-15 year-old ad 16-18 year-old divisions, has become well known.
The Christopher Potvin Tournaments have become one of the most respected baseball tournaments in the state because of the efforts and contributions of hundreds of volunteers who donate their time and services with little or no recognition. These tournaments could not have achieved that level of success with their energetic leadership, the dedicated services of Pete Greco and his umpire organization, and Dave Nilseen, distribution for Diamond Baseballs who donates the baseballs and softballs used in tournament games. The Scholarship Fund Board of Directors is grateful to these individuals and to all those who have given so much to make the Tournaments a success.