In Memory of Michael Mason


  About Michael

A graduate of Winthrop High School (Class of 1993), Michael was captain of three sports, a member of the WHS Hall of Fame and the 1000 point club in basketball.  He went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree from Bentley College where he continued to play football and baseball. Michael may best be known as a quarterback, a pitcher, a basketball player and a coach, but he was also and more importantly a brother, a son, a friend and an upstanding member of the Winthrop community. His legacy will live on in our hearts, in our memories, and in the number eleven.


The 11 Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2011 to celebrate the life and legacy of Michael J. Mason, who passed away suddenly at the age of 36. Founded by family and friends, The 11 Foundation is named after the number Michael proudly wore throughout his athletic career. The organization is dedicated to upholding a community that nurtures and supports the young men and women of his hometown of Winthrop, Massachusetts and his alma mater Bentley University.


A gifted student athlete, exemplary competitor and unassuming leader, Michael Mason (Mase) was shaped by the town and university he loved so much. Mase possessed a unique combination of charisma, thoughtfulness, loyalty and determination that earned him the respect and admiration of all he touched; family, friends, classmates, teammates, young athletes and fellow coaches. The 11 Foundation will honor Michael’s kind and generous spirit by providing Winthrop residents and Bentley University students with many of the opportunities and advantages that he enjoyed.


To that end, The 11 Foundation will:


  • Create and support peer mentoring and training programs in order to cultivate leadership qualities in the town’s youth


  • Provide funds to support community enrichment events as a way of strengthening bonds between family, friends and neighbors

 Since Michael’s vibrant life ended far too soon, The 11 Foundation will seek to educate the community about the frequently overlooked health issues and concerns of young men and women.

 Executive Board

Joseph B. Ferrara, Chairman

Joseph A. Mason, Chairman Emeritus

Mary Tinsley Spinale, Vice Chair
Karen A. Mason, Secretary

Jason Deeb, Treasurer

 Board of Directors

Amy Fothergill

Patrick Lally
Emily Nichols
Chris Lally