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CIAC Scholar-Athlete Awards – May 2 6:30pm (Viewing Information)

CIAC Scholar-Athlete Awards – May 2 6:30pm (Viewing Information)

The 38th annual CIAC Scholar-Athlete Awards will take place Sunday May 2. For the second straight year the event will be a virtual celebration broadcast on Fox61 at 6:30pm. The half hour television special will celebrate and feature photos of all 363 CIAC statewide scholar-athletes. Long time emcee, and 4-time Connecticut Sportscaster of the Year Bob Picozzi hosts with his segments recorded at Cheshire High School.

In addition to the 6:30pm broadcast on Fox61, the half hour program will be streamed on the Fox61 Facebook page, the NFHS Network and premiered at the same time on the CAS-CIAC YouTube page.

Connecticut sports legend Bobby Valentine, all-state in 3 sports at Stamford’s Rippowam High School (’68), is the keynote guest on the program. Feature stories will shine a spotlight on a sampling of inspiring scholar-athletes. Norwich Free Academy scholar-athlete Makayla Kelley, recipient of a $20,000 Martin Luther King, Jr. Trust Fund Scholarship will be featured along with Rockville High School scholar-athlete Charles Bannon who underwent brain surgery just a week before last March’s lockdown.

Danbury High School’s Patrick Rosetti will be profiled after being named this year’s Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Award Winner. Rosetti played quarterback for the Hatters and excelled as a student despite the challenges of a severe speech impediment.

The event is possible thanks to CIAC partners – the Connecticut Army National Guard, the CT Department of Public Health, Liberty Bank, Buffalo Wild Wings, Pullman & Comley, Connecticut Lighting Centers, Jostens and Horace Mann.

The Scholar-Athlete Program annually recognizes two high school seniors from each member high school whose academic and athletic careers have been exemplary, whose personal standards and achievements are a model to others, and who possess high levels of integrity, self-discipline and courage. It is one of the longest running CAS-CIAC events, honoring standout senior student athletes every year since 1984, but could not be held in person this year and last due to COVID-19 concerns.

To view a complete list of all 363 CIAC Scholar-Athletes from this year: https://casci.ac/6745

 

CAS-CIAC Student Equity Advisory Board Video Project

CAS-CIAC Student Equity Advisory Board Video Project

In 2020, CAS-CIAC created the Student Equity Advisory Board (SEAB) to bring awareness to inequities in Connecticut and collaborate on ways to make schools more inclusive for all students. The SEAB consists of 40 high school students, up to four from each athletic league, and those members develop and implement ideas and action plans to bringContinue Reading

New England Spring Championships Canceled

New England Spring Championships Canceled

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on spring sports schedules, the Council of New England Secondary Schools Principals’ Association (CNESSPA) has announced a decision to cancel the 2021 Spring New England Championships. The members of the New England Council voted unanimously 6-0 to cancel the New England Outdoor Track & Field and Golf Championships scheduledContinue Reading

CIAC February 18th Update – Winter and Spring Sports

CIAC February 18th Update – Winter and Spring Sports

CHESHIRE, Conn –  Following recently revised guidance from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the CIAC met with representatives from the Connecticut Department of Public Health and Governor Lamont’s office to discuss how those revisions may impact interscholastic athletics. Following that meeting, the CIAC formally requested consideration from the Connecticut DPH to revisitContinue Reading

1st Annual Statewide CT High School Virtual Talent Showcase

1st Annual Statewide CT High School Virtual Talent Showcase

1st Annual Statewide CT High School Virtual Talent Showcase Goal– To create an opportunity for high school students to showcase their talents by participating in a virtual Talent Showcase.  Purpose– To provide a safe and positive way for students and staff to safely stay connected with peers, promote a sense of community, and demonstrate schoolContinue Reading

CIAC Announces The 2020-2021 “Battle of the Teams”

CIAC Announces The 2020-2021 “Battle of the Teams”

Sportsmanship and positive student interactions are at the heart of the mission of CAS-CIAC. The Battle of the Fans, first introduced in the 2014-15 school year, is designed to inspire and recognize schools that use sporting events as an opportunity to foster a welcoming and fun school climate through supportive and creative cheering and behavior.Continue Reading

CIAC Board of Control Approves Winter Sports Plan

At this morning’s meeting of the CIAC Board of Control, members reviewed and approved the CIAC Winter Sports Plan. The complete plan can be viewed at  https://casci.ac/6390. The first practice date for winter sports has been set for no sooner than Tuesday, January 19. Games may begin on or after Monday, February 8. Twelve regularContinue Reading

CIAC Sportsmanship Conference Set for February 10th – Register Here

We invite you to join us for the CIAC 2021 Sportsmanship Conference, to be held virtually on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from 8:30am – 10:00am. Snow date is Wednesday, February 17, 2021.  Register here: casci.ac/6314   (separate link below for t-shirt order) We’ll welcome interesting guests as well as spotlight video content from Connecticut high school studentContinue Reading

CIAC Honors 16 Class Act Schools with Michaels Cup Award

The CIAC proudly announces a list of 16 Connecticut High Schools being honored with a Michaels Achievement Cup Award for the 2019-2020 academic year. Schools that are part of the CIAC’s Class Act program can be considered for the Michaels Cup Award. The Michaels Cup Committee recognized these exemplary athletics programs for their willingness toContinue Reading

CIAC Board of Control Update – January 7, 2021

CHESHIRE, Conn –   The CIAC Board of Control met this morning to discuss recent communications with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, appraise the current level of in-person learning around the state, and review the COVID mitigating strategies contained in the CIAC Winter Sports Plan. With approval by the board this morning, the initial COVID mitigatingContinue Reading