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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 –





Linked Up – Fall Championships 2019

It began on October 26 and concluded on December 14. That is the length and breadth of the CIAC fall championship season. Along the way, 39 (well, actually a lot more than that) championship stories were written. And Linked Up – Fall Championship 2019 has those 39 in one convenient place. Anytime a fan wantsContinue Reading

CIAC Football Postseason Schedule Changes

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Due to the continuing forecast of inclement weather and a need to allow host schools adequate time to prepare their facilities, the CIAC football quarterfinal games scheduled for Tuesday, December 3 have all been rescheduled to Wednesday, December 4. Game times will remain at 6:30 p.m. All quarterfinals are scheduled for theContinue Reading

CIAC Football Finals Sites Chosen For 2019

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The path to state championships in Connecticut high school football this season will run through New Britain and Trumbull as the CIAC Football Committee has approved Veteran’s Stadium at Willow Brook Park in New Britain and McDougall Stadium at Trumbull High School as the sites for the 2019 CIAC Football Championships. BothContinue Reading

CIAC Football Contact Changes Highlight Safety & Collaboration

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Connecticut high school football is now in its fourth week of competition under new contact rules aimed at enhancing student-athlete safety.  At its spring meeting, the CIAC Football Committee unanimously approved a proposal put forward by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) to reduce the amount of full contact practice time forContinue Reading

Ultimate High School Football Itinerary Contest

Fans of the CIAC podcast the CIACcast have become familiar the past six years with the week-by-week itinerary for the high school football season presented by Ned Griffen of The Day of New London. Each of the past six years, Ned joins the show to lay out one (sometimes more) game per week that fansContinue Reading

2018 CIAC Football Championship NFHS Network Top 10

2018 CIAC Football Championship NFHS Network Top 10

The NFHS Network was live with all four 2018 CIAC Football Championships. Here are ten of the top plays from a busy football championship weekend.

Linked Up – Fall Championships 2018

It started more than a month ago with the Cross Country Divisional Championships (impacted by weather, of course) and concluded this past Saturday with four football finals. All told, 38 CIAC State Championship trophies were awarded and this edition of Linked Up – Championships edition has a story on all 38. For those unfamiliar (orContinue Reading

2018 Football Championship Headquarters

Eight teams remain in the pursuit of a CIAC football championship with all four championship games taking place on Saturday. Football Championship Headquarters is your one-stop shop for all the relevant information for the four contests including links to the NFHS Network live broadcast and rosters/information sheets for each game. Click here for online ticketsContinue Reading

Football Championship Schedule Changes

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC is releasing schedule changes for the 2018 CIAC Football Championship games on Saturday, December 8. The Class LL final between New Canaan and Greenwich originally scheduled for 2 p.m. at Shelton High School will be played at Boyle Stadium in Stamford at 10 a.m. The Class M final between BerlinContinue Reading