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Danbury’s Patrick Rosetti Named 2021 Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Winner

Danbury’s Patrick Rosetti Named 2021 Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Winner

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Patrick Rosetti, a senior quarterback on the football team at Danbury High School, has been chosen as the 2021 Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Award honoree. He becomes the 12th recipient of this distinguished yearly award, and as Connecticut’s selection he will go forward as a nominee for the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Section and National Spirit of Sport Award.

Rosetti is a true scholar athlete who has been a leader within the Danbury football program while contending with a severe speech impediment. Rosetti shares that, “Football has been my escape from my speech impediment since I was in elementary school playing games at lunch. Off the field, I feel very vulnerable socially because of the embarrassment that I go through with my stutter. On the field however, I’m just playing the game I love. It is a distraction from my reality off the field with my mentally-tiring speech impediment.”

Danbury High School Head Football Coash Augie Tieri says, “I’m beyond proud of Patrick.  Not only did he overcome his speech impediment to excel on the field at QB, but he has also maintained a 4.5 weighted GPA in school while taking all Honors and AP Courses, and achieved a 1330 on his SAT.  Patrick’s legacy and story will serve as an inspiration to all that follow.”

Danbury High School Athletics Director Chip Salvestrini shares Coach Tieri’s admiration, “Patrick Rosetti is a very impressive young man.  He fosters superior leadership skills and an uncanny ability to perform at a high level as a high school quarterback, a perseverance and courage that brings a positive spirit and a strong-willed determination that no disability will ever stand in his way.  I consider myself to be very fortunate to have had the opportunity over the last 4 years to watch Patrick grow into the young man who stands tall as the 2021 Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Award winner.”

The Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Award seeks to recognize individuals who exemplify the ideals of the positive spirit of sport that represent the core mission of education-based athletics. The award may be given in recognition of a specific act or for an activity of longer duration. CIAC chooses a recipient each year that:

  • has demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship and/or citizenship in playing the game as it should be played;
  • has exceeded normal expectations in assisting others within the school community or;
  • has overcome adversity or a challenging circumstance.

Along with his possible selection for the NFHS Spirit of Sport honors, Patrick will be formally recognized for his selection at the CAS-CIAC Scholar Athlete Banquet in the spring of 2021. The event is the largest recognition event the CIAC holds each year.

GameTime CT’s Pete Paguaga produced a wonderful video story on Patrick Rosetti in the fall of 2019 –


An accompanying story on Rosetti was expertly written by Ryan Lacey –





CIAC Fall Sports Update Following CIAC Board of Control Meeting

CHESHIRE, Conn. – At its September 3 meeting, the CIAC Board of Control reviewed DPH’s response to its August 28 letter requesting support of (1) modifications which lower the risk of indoor volleyball; (2) low to moderate risk activities in football; and (3) an opportunity to re-assess the viability high risk full contact football basedContinue Reading

CIAC Fall Sports Plan Update Press Conference

CIAC Fall Sports Plan Update Press Conference

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Fall Sports Update – Board of Control Meeting 8-14-20

Fall Sports Update – Board of Control Meeting 8-14-20

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CIAC Statement Following Release of DPH Position

CIAC Statement Following Release of DPH Position

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CIAC Fall Sports Plans

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CIAC Resocialization of Interscholastic Athletics & Activities Guidance

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CIAC Statement On Office Of Civil Rights Decision

CHESHIRE, Conn. –  After an administrative investigation, the United States Office for Civil Rights has taken the position that any participation by any transgender female athlete in girls’ high school track and field deprives cis-gender girls of a meaningful opportunity to participate in violation of Title IX.  These same issues are the subject of aContinue Reading

CIAC Board of Control Meeting Update

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Following today’s meeting of the CIAC Board of Control, CIAC is providing a detailed update on COVID-19 related actions. Please click the following link for the full update:

CAS-CIAC Scholar-Athlete Stories – 2019-20

CAS-CIAC Scholar-Athlete Stories – 2019-20

Every year since the spring of 1984, CAS-CIAC has brought together some of the best and brightest high school athletes in Connecticut for the CAS-CIAC Scholar-Athlete Banquet. The schools choose two seniors whose academic and athletic careers have been exemplary, whose personal standards and achievements are a model to others, and who possess high levelsContinue Reading