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Unified Sports Director George Synnott Announces Retirement

George Synnott, Director of Unified Sports® for CIAC and CT Special Olympics, has announced his plan to retire at the close of the school year. George has worked with the Unified Sports division for the past nine years, serving as director for the last five.

George first became active in CAS-CIAC in 1994 when, as an assistant principal at Berlin High school, he joined the CAS Legislation Committee. Over the years, despite the increasing demands of school administration, his commitment to and involvement in the association steadily expanded and he went on to serve in several of the organization’s most challenging and important leadership roles, including chair of the CIAC Board of Control. At the time of his retirement from public education in 2010, George was a member of ten committees and boards while also serving as a UCAPP mentor.

As a member of our Unified staff, George has made innumerable contributions to Unified Sports in Connecticut and has influenced Unified programs in other states as well. Under his direction, Unified Sports has expanded with respect to the number of schools involved as well as in the breadth and depth of program opportunities. His enthusiasm for the cause and encouragement of everyone involved have helped forge strong connections with so many coaches, athletic directors, and students. It’s no wonder that George says that “the last nine years have been the most rewarding part of my career.”

CAS-CIAC wishes George all the best in retirement and extend our heartfelt thanks for all he has done for Unified Sports!

By Bob Hale, Assistant Director of Unified Sports

Weather Alters CIAC Track & Boys Tennis Schedules

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The weather forecast of likely thunderstorms has caused schedule changes for CIAC Outdoor Track & Field and Boys Tennis Tournaments. The boys tennis divisional championship matches scheduled to continue today have been postponed until Wednesday beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the same sites. As a result of the change competition in theContinue Reading

Ten Exceptional Individuals Added To CAS-CIAC Hall of Honor

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Before a celebratory crowd of approximately 160 family, friends, and colleagues, 10 new inductees joined the exclusive ranks of the CAS-CIAC Hall of Honor. The 10 honorees, Jerry Auclair, Bill Baron, Alan Bookman, John Daly, Jean Kenney Daly, Bob Ford, George Ford, Paul Hoey, Pat Llodra, and Barbara Startup were selected forContinue Reading

Behind The Success of Connecticut Soccer Star Kacey Lawrence

Article courtesy of MaxPreps — There’s no doubt that Kacey Lawrence is a big-time scorer. She tallied a career-high 28 goals this past season as a junior on the Masuk (Monroe, Conn.) girls soccer team, netting goals in 14 of the 19 games she played in. But it’s Lawrence’s 15 assists that really make her happy.Continue Reading

CAS-CIAC Adding 10 Inductees To Hall of Honor

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CAS-CIAC Hall of Honor will add 10 distinguished honorees to its ranks at a ceremony on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the AquaTurf Club in Southington. The 10 honorees, Jerry Auclair, Bill Baron, Alan Bookman, John Daly, Jean Kenney Daly, Bob Ford, George Ford, Paul Hoey, Pat Llodra, and Barbara StartupContinue Reading

2019 Run To The Sun – Finals Schedule Set – Buy Presale Tickets With No Added Fees

It is that time of year where the best high school basketball teams in the state start looking towards a Run To The Sun. Over three sessions listed below nine champions will be crowned in the pinnacle of high school basketball at Mohegan Sun Arena March 16-17, and tickets for the event are now onContinue Reading

CAS-CIAC 2018-19 Battle of the Fans Winner

CAS-CIAC 2018-19 Battle of the Fans Winner

2018-19 CAS-CIAC Battle of the Fans Winner Congratulations to Immaculate High School Thank you to all the schools that submitted entries for year five of the CAS-CIAC Battle of the Fans.  This event continues to grow and foster the sort of sportsmanship, fan behavior, student leadership and student participation that will make schools, parents, athletes andContinue Reading

CIAC To Honor Seven Individuals At Basketball Dedication Event

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC will kick-off a weekend of basketball championships culminating the “Run to the Sun” with the 2019 Boys and Girls State Basketball Championships Dedication at The Cabaret Theater at the Mohegan Sun on Saturday March 16. The dedication ceremony on Saturday will begin the weekend of basketball by honoring seven individualsContinue Reading

Weekend Championship Event Schedules Altered By Weather

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Due to the forecast of inclement weather, there have been schedule changes for three CAS-CIAC events originally scheduled for Saturday. The CIAC Gymnastics State Open has been postponed, and will now be held Wednesday, March 6 at New Milford High School. Warmups will begin at 3 p.m. and competition will start at 4 p.m.Continue Reading

Schedule Changes For New England Championships

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Due to the forecast of inclement weather, there have been changes to the schedules for the New England Wrestling and Indoor Track & Field Championships. Competition on Saturday at the New England Wrestling Championships will now begin at 10 a.m. and the schedule will also eliminate all breaks in the competition whenContinue Reading