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June 20, 2013

Fudge retires from top post with Pentucket Athletic Association

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The PAA also consolidated all of the 19 Sachem teams together and brought their combined assets from $14,000 to $46,000.

“I’m very proactive in my approach,” said Fudge. “The squeaky wheel gets the grease. And I’ll use Superintendent Dr. Jeff Mulqueen’s quote here: ‘If you want world-class facilities, in a world-class Pentucket, then you have to be proactive.’ You can’t sit idle or nothing is going to happen. And I will be that guy. I don’t have a problem being that guy.”

The PAA also brought new championship banners to the school, a new outdoor scoreboard, a patio and walkway. Two new scoreboards in the gymnasium were installed under Fudge’s watch and the wrestling team now enjoys the use of new mats. The PAA was also able to foster a relationship with car dealer Gary Jaffarian, becoming a part of his company’s GAME ON program, which resulted in a $5,000 donation.

“We have the money,” said Fudge. “We’ve raised the money with all these road races and these comedy nights, and we put that directly back into the facilities. That’s all PAA money. We’ve given over $85,000 over the past four years to Pentucket. People don’t realize how much we’ve given and that includes uniforms, practice jerseys, helmets, a new tent for the cross-country team.”

Any parent whose kid is a Pentucket athlete is a PAA member, but active members average around 20-25 with a core of 15 volunteers. Those volunteers include communications director Kathy Porter, treasurer Monique Swansen, volunteer Sean Brennan and Pentucket athletic director Dan Thornton. Fudge said he couldn’t live without those workers. Fudge also said that he would have liked to have built a better relationship between the PAA and both the Pentucket Education and Arts Foundations.

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