FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. Six new members of the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame and sports persons of the year from 15 county towns were honored Monday at the seventh annual SportsNight at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.
The family of Stamford native Brian Bill , a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in action on Aug. 6 in Aghanistan, accepted the Chelsea Cohen Courage Award. Easton tennis player Will Boe-Wiegaard was also honored as the towns sports person of the year.
Bog-Wiegaard is five-time All-American at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He has played in over 150 Futures and Challenges tournaments, and plays in international tournaments as he seeks to climb in the ATP rankings. He won the NCAA Division III mens tennis championship in 2006.
The Hall of Fame classes included Stamfords Bennett Salvatore, an NBA referee, and former NBA star John Bagley, of Bridgeport, in the Jackie Robinson Professional Wing. Joe DeSantis, a former college basketball standout at Fairfield, and distance runner Ceci Hopp St. Geme were inducted into the James ORourke Amateur Wing. Former Staples soccer coach Albie Loeffler and Bridgeports Charlie Bentley, a longtime basketball coach at Harding High School, joined the J. Walter Kennedy Community Service Wing.
The highlight of the evening was a tribute to Bill by Greenwich native Steve Young . The NFL Hall of Famer delivered his message via video. Bill graduated from Trinity Catholic where he played soccer and hockey. The Forever Young Foundation, the charitable entity of the former NFL quarterback, sponsors the Cohen Award. It is named after a former Norwalk High girls soccer star who died in 2006 after battling a rare form of cancer of the nervous system.
The Fairfield County Sports Commission presented the dinner. The commission is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting fitness and active, healthy lifestyles as well as personal development through sports. The group introduced the Chelsea Cohen Fitness Academy this year. The academy supplements and complements existing sports and fitness programs.
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