HALL OF FAME
Call for Nominations, Save the Date for SOCT's 2017 Hall of Fame Event
The 2017 Hall of Fame Dinner will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Aqua Turf Country Club in Plantsville. Save the date and don't miss this spectacular event where dedicated athletes, volunteers and sponsors are recognized for their years of service and outstanding contributions to Special Olympics!
NEW AWARD - This year, a new award will be presented to an outstanding Special Olympics Connecticut Local Program. Local Programs are essential in helping us fulfill our mission and provide life-changing opportunities to athletes.
2017 honorees will be announced soon!
Our 2016 honorees included:
Hall of Fame:
Eunice Murtha Award - Susan Joy Gabrielson
Community Leadership Award - TD Bank
Lew Perkins Coach Award - Louis Banda
Sheila Schmidt Award - Nicholas Fligno
Bozzuto Family Award - The Dilger Family
Susan Saint James Award - Dr. Susan Danberg
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Award - Alison Smith
Spirit of Life Awards:
Unsung Hero Awards:
Roberta "Bobbi" Shorthouse
Dr. Neal Zomback
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Award – Presented to the Special Olympics athlete who best exemplifies the spirit of Special Olympics above and beyond the requirements of a Spirit of Life winner.
Bozzuto Family Award – Presented to the family who, through volunteer and philanthropic support, has made a significant impact on the organization.
Lew Perkins Coach Award – Presented to the individual coach that has made a significant impact on Special Olympics athletes in the areas of training and keeping physically fit.
Eunice Murtha Award – Presented to the individual or family who through philanthropic means has made a significant impact on the organization.
Susan Saint James Award – Presented to an individual whose leadership skills have brought about positive changes to the organization.
Community Leadership Award – Presented to the company or organization that has made a significant impact on the organization through financial and volunteer support.
Unsung Hero Awards – Presented to volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes for Special Olympics Connecticut with no expectation of recognition or reward.
Spirit of Life Awards – Presented to Special Olympics athletes that exemplify the true meaning of Special Olympics.
President’s Awards are presented to those who have made outstanding contributions to Special Olympics Connecticut.
2013 Award Recipients
Mark Walsh, Bob's Stores
Darcy Arute, Northeast Utilities
Cheryl Santostefano, Northeast Utilities
Rose McCormack, Northeast Utilities
Suzanne Powaluk, Northeast Utilities
Cheryl Evans, Special Olympics Connecticut Athlete
Shirley Strombert, Special Olympics Connecticut Athlete
Shelley Mancini, Volunteer - Croquet
Nick Foligno, Northeast Utilities
2014 Award Recipients
Mike Savage, Formerly of the Connecticut Association of Schools/Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference
Bob Gobrecht, Special Olympics North America
Jonathan Capone, West Haven High School
Ernie Conti, Crystal Rock
Renee DiNino, Clear Channel Radio
Lou Pear, Former Director of Unified Sports®, Connecticut Association of Schools
Ken Bragg, Former Assistant Director of Unified Sports®, Connecticut Association of Schools
Ted English, Bob's Discount Furniture
Bob Kaufman, Bob's Discount Furniture
Cathy Poulin, Bob's Discount Furniture
2015 Award Recipients