The Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame will now have seven new members. On Tuesday, the organization announced its 2014 inductees, who will be joining its 58 other Fairfield County sports legends.
For the first time in the 10-year history of the Hall of Fame, a tie in voting resulted in 7 honorees this year instead of the traditional 6. Tuesday’s announcement ceremony brought the relatives of two of the honorees to UCONN to speak on their behalf. This included the grandson of Stamford’s John “Sharkey” Laureno, who passed away in 1987. Laureno will be inducted into the Hall’s Community Service Wing.
“He was an official for over 40 years, three sports; baseball, basketball, football,” says Tom Chiappetta, executive director of the Fairfield Sports Commission. “He was really one of the founders of the Stamford Babe Youth League and Stamford prides itself on its youth baseball and Sharkey and several others were the foundation of that.”
“By his own admission he was a man who ate, slept, and breathed sports for practically his entire life,” says John Laureno, “Sharkey’s” grandson. “He had a tremendous passion for what he did. He loved sports, he loved working with kids, and he always loved and felt strongly about giving back to the community.”
Also present was the father of Fairfield’s Julie Chu. The Olympic Hockey player will be inducted into the Hall of Fame’s Professional Wing.
“Her accomplishments speak for herself,” says Chiappetta. “She’s been part of the U.S. women’s national hockey program for 14 years; 4 Olympics, 3 silver medals, 4 world championships.”
“She’s contemplating what her next career move is going to be,” says Chu’s father. Wah Chu. “However, one thing that she’s certain ….is giving back in some way; promoting the youth sport with emphasis on the women’s sport.”
The new Hall of Famers will be honored at an induction ceremony in October at the Commission’s 10th Anniversary Sports Night awards dinner. For more information visit Fairfieldcountysports.com