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CIAC Launches Centennial Celebration

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) will kick off its Centennial Celebration in the coming weeks, celebrating the 100-year history of the organization with a variety of events, features, fan interactions, recognition events, and more. The Centennial Celebration will run through the 2021 CIAC Spring Championships.

CIAC was founded on May 5, 1921 and the celebration will be highlighting all facets of the  100-years of interscholastic activities. There will be extensive content on and across the CIAC social media platforms spotlighting legendary athletes, coaches, and programs. It will celebrate trailblazers and tell the stories of what has made the high school sports experience so special for a century.

“Over the past century, the CIAC has provided exceptional education-based athletic experiences for Connecticut’s student-athletes,” stated CAS-CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini. “Participation in CIAC events fosters a student-athlete’s cognitive, social, emotional, mental, and physical well-being through their passion for sports. The strong history and traditions of CIAC’s past continue to drive our organization’s future as we seek innovative ways to engage our student-athletes in experiences that empower them to become tomorrow’s leaders. However, we never lose sight of the fact that our success, and that of our student-athletes, will be measured by the number of meaningful relationships we have developed along the way and their impact on the next generation. At CIAC, we honor the past, we treasure the present, and we dream for the next 100 years.”

The Centennial Celebration slogan of “It Doesn’t Happen W1th0ut Y0u”, as seen above, is intended to encourage the millions of athletes, coaches, and fans impacted by the experience and values of high school sports to share their memories, photos, and videos. Many of those items will be shared on a special digital dashboard which will appear on beginning this spring where the public can view, share memories and watch videos produced in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration.

“We eagerly look forward to hearing from schools and the public at large about their high school sports memories, experiences and lessons learned,” explained John Holt, the Centennial Celebration production coordinator. “It’s a special time to celebrate and appreciate a century of high school sports in Connecticut. What imprint has it left on your life?”

The Celebration will have a period dedicated to spotlighting stories for each CIAC-sponsored sport. Among the first Centennial events will be the announcement of a 25-player “All-Century Team” in boys and girls basketball in conjunction with the CIAC Boys and Girls Basketball Championships.

Eight Distinguished Contributors Joining CAS-CIAC Hall of Honor

CHESHIRE, Conn. – In recognition of exceptional careers of service to CAS-CIAC eight distinguished honorees will be recognized as the fifth class in the CAS-CIAC Hall of Honor. Earle Bidwell, Armand Fabbri, Harold Goldberg, Art Kohs, Tom Murray, Armand Regalbuti, George Synnott, and Margaret Williamson will be honored at the induction ceremony being held onContinue Reading

CIAC Fall 2019 Sportsmanship PSA

CIAC Fall 2019 Sportsmanship PSA

CIAC Creating Girls Wrestling Invitational Tournament

CHESHIRE, Conn. – For the first time the CIAC will host a Girls Wrestling Invitational Tournament in conjunction with the CIAC Wrestling State Open February 28-29 at the Floyd Little Center in New Haven. This marks the first CIAC organized event solely for female wrestlers. The Invitational will crown winners in 10 weight classes, andContinue Reading

2019-20 Winter Sport Rules Interpretations Meeting Schedule

Below is the schedule for the 2019-20 winter rules interpretations meetings provided to CIAC by officials’ organizations and leagues. CIAC rules and regulations require head coaches or their designee to represent your school at these important meetings. Other coaches are encouraged to attend. If your coach cannot make the meeting in your area, I am certain he/sheContinue Reading

Sites Selected For CIAC Soccer Finals

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The eight CIAC boys and girls soccer championships will be held at two sites this fall as the renovated Dillon Stadium in Hartford and Veterans Stadium at Willow Brook Park in New Britain will each host four games on Saturday, November 23. Game times will be 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m.,Continue 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

CAS-CIAC Makes Staff Changes For New Year

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The Connecticut Association of Schools and Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CAS-CIAC) have made several staff changes prior to the start of the 2019-20 school year with four individuals joining the organization and another assuming a new role. Dr. Rosie O’Brien Vojtek, Henry Rondon, Dan Scavone, and Dr. Bill Silva have all joinedContinue Reading

CIAC Statement On Notification of OCR Inquiry

CIAC Statement On Notification of OCR Inquiry

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) received notification that the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights has opened an inquiry in regard to the CIAC’s policy on transgender athlete eligibility.  The CIAC is committed to equity in providing opportunities to student athletes in Connecticut, and the CIAC will participateContinue Reading

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, asContinue Reading