O’Connor to receive scholar award

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Ryan O’Connor of Ansonia High, with parents Christopher and Denise and coach Tom Brockett (far right), will be honored at the Gene Casey New Haven County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame scholar athlete dinner on April 12.

The 53rd anniversary of the Gene Casey New Haven County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame scholar athlete dinner will be held on Friday, April 12 at Fantasia Banquet Facility, 404 Washington Ave., North Haven.

A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the march to the head table at 6:30.

Twenty-six high school and prep school scholar athletes will be honored for academic excellence and citizenship.

In addition, Branford native Jim Bell, the executive producer of NBCUniversal’s coverage of the Olympic Games, will receive the Distinguished American Award.

Prior to his new position Bell was the executive producer of the Today Show on NBC.

Chapter member Robert Rafferty of North Branford will receive the Chapter Award of Merit and long time football official Joseph McVetty of Hamden will receive the Official Recognition Award.

In addition, Daniel Hand of Madison coach Steve Filippone will receive the Chapter Coach of the Year Award. The Tigers finished with a 14-0 record and won the Class L state championship and were declared the No. 1 ranked team in the state.

For the second straight year, New Haven County teams won all four state titles.

Championship Awards will be presented to Xavier of Middletown in Class LL, Hand in Class L, Hillhouse of New Haven in Class M and Ansonia High in Class S.

Tickets can be purchased for $45 and be ordered by calling Donna Limone at 203-481-8375 or by email at dpludlo214@aol.com.

Anyone interested in placing a congratulatory ad can contact Paul Criscuolo at 203-231-3992 or at paul@rabassociates.net.

Information about the chapter can be found at newhavenfootballfoundation.com.

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