The Fairfield County Sports Commission today announced its 2015 Sports Persons of the Year in each of the 16 communities the Commission directly serves. The local sports honorees will be recognized at the 11th annual Sports Night awards dinner, Monday, Oct. 19, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich at 6 p.m.
In each of the 16 communities, a committee headed by a local town representative of the Commission, selected a Sports Person of the Year. Each winner was deemed to have had the most positive impact in their sports community from Aug. 2014-Aug. 2015.
The Sports Persons of the Year are:
Bridgeport: the late Ken Shepard, former Bridgeport Bluefish general manager
Darien: Darien High Boys Hockey Team, Division I state champions
Easton: Barlow High Girls Softball Team, School record 17 wins & SWC runners-up
Fairfield: Charlie & Tim Kane, Warde High star wrestlers, Class L & State Open champions
Greenwich: Catherine McEvoy, Greenwich High golf star, CT Women’s Amateur Champion
Monroe: Monroe U10-11 Little League Softball Team, State champions
New Canaan: Zach Allen, New Canaan High football standout, Gatorade State Player of Year
Newtown: the late Joe Mailloux, Longtime sports community leader & coach
Norwalk: Eric van der Els, McMahon High distance runner, All-American
Shelton: Garrett & Peter Gintoli, Team USA Deaflympics hockey, bronze medalists
Stamford: Chordale Booker, USA Boxing National Champion
Stratford: Bunnell Boys Basketball Team, Class L state champions
Trumbull: Cross Cannone, Trumbull High wrestling star, State Open & Class LL champion
Weston: Carla & Sean Welsh, Weston Basketball Association & WHS Boosters Club
Westport: Mike Paliotta, National Hockey League debut
Wilton: Wilton High Girls Basketball Team, Class LL state champions
The Fairfield County Sports Commission is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission of promoting fitness and personal development through sports.
The Commission, with the exception of the executive director, is an all-volunteer group that gives financial support and its resources back to its communities, primarily focused on the 110,000 school age youngsters it can reach with its fitness awareness education programs under its Chelsea Cohen Fitness Academy.
For more information concerning tickets and sponsorship opportunities for Sports Night, visit fairfieldcountysports.com or call 203-251-8481.