Harold Alfond, a stellar all-round athlete at Swampscott, MA, High School and St. John's Prep in the '30s, ranks as the state of Maine's leading sports benefactor, and one of the most genuine philanthropists in the United States. The owner of the Dexter Shoe Company's largesse, most notably represented by the newly expanded Alfond Arena at the University of Maine, extends well beyond the borders of the Pine Tree State.
His leadership and understanding of people, early evident in his sports career, has carried over to success in both the business world and in his personal life.
Along with his several major monuments in various institutions and communities, Alfond's personal philosophy of investing in people first, has led him to individually finance the higher education of nearly 200 young people who otherwise would not have had the means to attend.
Harold has donated athletic facilities such as arenas, field houses, Olympic swimming pool, outdoor track, etc., and other financial aid to Colby College, Boston College, Thomas College, and Rollins College, as well as the University of Maine.
But beyond the steel, concrete, and the seats for loyal fans in the facilities that bear the Alfond name, people have remained his primary concern -- stemming from the fine athletic family he helped raise.
This commitment also extended to such interests as his long-standing support of the Boys' Clubs of Maine and various medical facilities throughout the state.
Another charitable venture was his company's sponsorship of premier professional golfer Tom Watson's visit to the Waterville Country Club for a clinic and exhibition.
Back in Swampscott, Harold's excellence and leadership in sports was early evident in an overall successful program.
He was twice captain of the basketball team, he quarterbacked the football team and was the baseball team's leading hitter.
Alfond and his wife Dorothy are living in Waterville. They have 3 sons, Theodore, William, and Peter, and a daughter, Susan Pearl.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
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The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.