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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 Board of Control Votes To Postpone Start of Winter Sports Season

The CIAC Board of Control acted this morning to postpone all winter sports to January 19, 2021. The CIAC Board of Control will continue to collaborate with the DPH, Governor Lamont’s office, and the CSMS Sports Medicine Committee in the weeks leading up to the January 19th start of winter practices. CIAC Interscholastic athletics areContinue Reading

CIAC Distributes Cold Water Immersion Tubs to 74 Schools

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference announced today the distribution of cold water immersion tubs to 74 CIAC member schools throughout Connecticut. The tubs will be used by school athletic departments as a means of emergency treatment for athletes who incur heat illness brought on through participation in sports. New emergency medical guidance requires that victimsContinue Reading

Student Athletes Team Up For “Respect the Rules” PSA

Student Athletes Team Up For “Respect the Rules” PSA

It’s a whole new game when it comes to spectators attending high school sporting events in Connecticut during COVID. Eight fall sport athletes from Bacon Academy, Tolland High School, Avon High School, New Britain High School, Brookfield High School, East Catholic, Brien McMahon High School and Danbury High School teamed up to appear in aContinue Reading

CIAC Sports Dynasty Final Results

CIAC Sports Dynasty Final Results

It’s a question with no “right” answer, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun letting high school sports fans weigh in on the question to try and determine the top CIAC Dynasty of the first 100 years of the CIAC. For more than two months fans have helped narrow the field to the finalContinue Reading

Athletes Come Together In Support Of Charitable Cause

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CIAC Football Board of Control Update

CHESHIRE, Conn. – At its September 16, 2020, meeting, the CIAC Board of Control reaffirmed its September 3 decision to cancel full contact football for the 2020-2021 school year. This decision was made in alignment with the Connecticut Department of Health’s recommendation that football is a high-risk sport and should not be played this fall.Continue Reading

Mitigation Strategies Document

Mitigation Strategies Document

On Friday, September 11th representatives from the CIAC, its Sports Medicine Committee, the Connecticut Department of Health and the governor’s office met in Hartford to discuss the CIAC’s strategies for COVID mitigation relating to the sport of football. A copy of the document presented by the CIAC at the meeting can be viewed here.

Announcing the New Student Equity Advisory Board

Announcing the New Student Equity Advisory Board

CAS-CIAC is excited to announce the creation of a Student Equity Advisory Board. The SEAB will bring awareness to inequity in Connecticut and collaborate on ways to enhance inclusion in schools for all students. Student members will also develop and implement ideas and action plans to bring back to their respective leagues, schools, and theContinue Reading

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