Alex Borkowski of Branford and fellow football player Gary Falanga of North Branford will be presented with Scholar Athlete Awards by the National Football Foundation and will receive their distinctions at the 53rd annual Gene Casey New Haven County Chapter of the NFF and College Hall of Fame scholar athlete dinner on Friday, April 12 at Fantasia Banquet Facility at 404 Washington Ave in 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 at the event. 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.
Additionally, Hand football coach Steve Filippone will receive the Chapter Coach of the Year Award. The Tigers finished with a 14-0 record, 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 and championship awards will be presented to Xavier (Class LL), Hand (L) Hillhouse (M), and Ansonia (S).
Tickets can be purchased for $45 and ordered by calling Donna Limone at 203-481-8375 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone interested in placing a congratulatory ad can contact Paul Criscuolo at 203-231-3992 or at email@example.com. Information about the chapter can be found at www.newhavenfootballfoundation.com.
Information courtesy of Bill O'Brien