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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


The maps and tables below show the COVID-19 Status of CIAC member schools. Schools located in towns color-coded as grey, yellow, or orange may proceed with offering winter interscholastic sports as recommended in this guidance. The CIAC, in consultation with the CSMS Sports Medicine Committee, strongly encourages schools located in towns color-coded as red toContinue 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

Athletes Come Together In Support Of Charitable Cause

Amidst uncertainty, disruption, and disappointment no one would blame high school athletes for reverting to self-pity and withdrawing. Yet the self-motivation, competitive drive and teamwork that are undoubtedly part of the makeup of high school athletes has led to something else. It has led many, and we do mean many, teams to turn at leastContinue Reading

Guidance For Girls Volleyball Season

The CIAC with approval from our Sports Medicine Committee has recommended the use of face coverings in the sport of volleyball to mitigate aerosolization risks of person-to-person spread of infectious droplets.  This requirement to wear face coverings was presented to the Connecticut Department of Public Health at a meeting on Friday, September 11. CIAC has receivedContinue Reading

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

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

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC Board of Control met today to discuss the communication received from the Connecticut Department of Public Health yesterday. Following today’s CIAC Board of Control meeting, the board extended an invitation to DPH to meet in the coming week to discuss its recommendations for interscholastic athletics. CIAC will look to emphasizeContinue Reading

CIAC Fall Sports Plans

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC has released its plan for a return to interscholastic athletics this fall. A point of emphasis throughout the development of this plan is the fluid nature of planning around COVID. While sports in Connecticut have been successfully running since late June, with COVID health metrics in our state improving alongContinue Reading

Bracket draft

2020 Fall Sports Packets, Divisions & Schedules Now Available

CHESHIRE, Conn. The sports packets, tournament divisions, and regular season schedules for all fall 2020 CIAC sports are now available on The sports packets and tournament divisions are available on each individual sports page which are listed by season on the sports page. To view a schedule for any school or specific team, orContinue Reading