Harris named Special Olympics Sports Person of the Year
Published 4:54 pm, Thursday, October 7, 2010
Westport resident Richard Harris has been named Fairfield County Special Olympics Sports Person of the Year. Harris, a long time Special Olympics volunteer, will be honored on Oct. 18 at SportsNight, the annual awards dinner of the Fairfield County Sports Commission.
Harris has been involved with Special Olympics since 1997, serving as local coordinator for the Westport program. In addition to recruiting and supervising coaches and volunteers, he has built a floundering program into one that consistently provides local, regional and statewide competition to a growing roster of athletes.
Harris, who has a daughter in the program, cites the competitive drive and joy of the athletes and their support of each other as the reasons that he loves Special Olympics.
The Special Olympics Award was started in 2007. Its first winner was Trumbull's Nancy Dennin, a longtime volunteer for Special Olympics Connecticut since 1985 and in 1999 she was inducted into the Special Olympics Connecticut Hall of Fame as Family of the Year. Gary Ciccone, the head of the Greenwich program, won the award in 2008, while Mark Kurimai was the 2009 recipient.
Tickets for the sixth annual Sports Night are still available, priced at $125. The dinner takes place on Monday Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich.
For information and to purchase tickets call 203-251-8481 or go to www.fairfieldcountysports.com.
More than 10,000 volunteers, 900 coaches, numerous corporate and civic organizations, and nearly 9,000 athletes and partners and their families make up Special Olympics Connecticut's winning team.
For more information please go to www.soct.org.
The Fairfield County Sports Commission selected youth baseball umpire Bob Davis as the 2010 Westport Sports Person of the Year. Davis will be honored with 14 other community winners at the dinner on Oct. 18. The 82-year-old Davis has been umpiring Little League Baseball for 42 years in Westport, Wilton, Fairfield and Stamford.