Waterford, CT – Sunday, June 6th is the third annual Big Red Memorial Motorcycle Run. Registration will begin at 10 am at Waterford Speed Bowl. The motorcycle run will begin at noon and follow a 20 mile scenic route to Smokey O’Grady’s, 306 Flanders Rd., East Lyme. Both riders and non-riders will convene at Smokey O’Grady’s at 12:30 for a barbeque with food, music, and raffles. All proceeds will benefit the Big Red Memorial Fund to help disadvantaged children of New London County play in organized sports.
This event is in memory of Cory “Big Red” Milton who died instantly in a car accident nearly three years ago at the young age of 19. He had just graduated from Fitch High School in Groton and was attending Baran’s Institute of Technology’s motorcycle technician program.
During his time at Fitch, Cory’s proudest achievement was to be a member of their football team for 4 years. Cory was 6 feet 3 inches tall and 300 pounds with bright red hair; he was often called a gentle giant but best known as “Big Red”. His build made him an ideal lineman, but he often held some reservation about hurting his opponent. He truly was a gentle giant. In youth football, he’d tell his mother and father, “I don’t want to hurt anyone. I am so much bigger than they are.”
Being a member of the Fitch High School football team was an honor for Cory. When he put that uniform on, he would swell with pride to be a part of such a celebrated and respected team. Cory wasn’t a star athlete. He was just thrilled to be there and play when he got the opportunity.
Cory loved all sports and during his childhood years in Groton he played baseball, ice hockey, basketball, golf and football. In high school, in addition to football, he threw shot put for the track team. Again, in each case, he loved to be part of the team and participate in the sport.
With this, his parents and brother; Gary, Kelly, and Ryan Milton, have set up the Big Red Memorial Fund with proceeds to benefit children who cannot afford to play youth sports. This fund will be used for registration, equipment, and other costs associated with youth athletic team sports for children in New London County.
This event coincides with what would have been Cory Milton’s 22nd birthday. Please join the Big Red Memorial Motorcycle Run on June 6 to celebrate Cory’s life and make a donation to a charity that will help as many children as possible participate in sports programs that they may not have been able to afford otherwise.
Note: Donations can also be made to the Big Red Memorial Fund, c/o Citizen’s Bank, 816 Long Hill Rd., Groton, CT 06340.