Bridge devotion honors the life and tradition of Michael S. Van Leesten



PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI)– Buddies, household, and a number of regional leaders collected Sunday to honor the life of Michael S. Van Leesten.

The Rhode Island College alum was a standout basketball gamer throughout his time at the school.

He scored over 1,900 points and set the school’s all-time rebounding record, which still stands today according to R.I.C’s site.

Nevertheless, Leesten likewise had a considerable effect off the court. After finishing from R.I.C. in 1965, Leesten signed up with Dr. Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Management Conference, who took a trip to southern states promoting the Ballot Rights Act of 1965.

” I have actually concerned recognize through all of these various awards and titles and various tasks my daddy has actually held, that at the end of the day, the component about all of this, has to do with assisting others.” Said Jordan Van Leesten, the kid of Michael Van Leesten.

Following his deal with the Conference, Michael Van Leesten went on to serve with a number of regional neighborhood groups, such as the Opportunities Industrialization Center in Providence, and the Rhode Island State Board of Regents, which assists manage public education in R.I.

” He comprehended how to bring neighborhoods together in a manner that truly mattered.” Said Rhode Island Guv Dan Mckee, who was amongst the lots of public authorities at the event.

” A force for excellent in our city and our state … he lived his life in devoted service to his neighborhood and with an exceptional enthusiasm for the pursuit of equality, justice and unity.” Said Rhode Island Congressman David Ciciline.

Aside from his operate in the neighborhood, Leesten likewise made 3 honorary postgraduate degrees from Rhode Island College, the University of Rhode Island and Roger Williams University.