About The Fairfield County Sports Commission
The Fairfield County Sports Commission is a 501c (3) non-profit, educational organization dedicated to promoting youth fitness and an active, healthy lifestyle, as well as personal development through sports.
The Sports Commission, which is an all-volunteer organization except for the executive director position, is the one-stop resource for the sports communities in the county. The focus of the Sports Commission is creating and supporting programs for fitness awareness education, primarily geared toward combating childhood obesity that threatens the 110,000 school age youngsters in the 15 communities the Sports Commission serves. Giving time, effort and money back to the county residents is the main role of the Sports Commission.
In the past five years, the Sports Commission has donated over $55,000 to youth organizations throughout the county. The current primary beneficiaries of financial support as well as other Sports Commission resources are the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport, Carver Center in Norwalk and the Stamford Youth Foundation.
The Sports Commission’s major initiative is its Chelsea Cohen Fitness Academy (www.chelseacohenfa.com). The Academy acts as an umbrella organization to supplement and complement existing fitness programs, as well as provide area youth year-round access to the best available trainers, coaches, dietitians and health and wellness experts. The Academy, which is housed at the Carver Center, is designed to be the rallying point to engage all important community stakeholders in children’s health, nutrition and in the fight to combat childhood obesity. Also to take that information and extend its reach throughout the entire area via the Sports Commission’s website (www.fairfieldcountysports.com).
The Sports Commission also plays a support role in area sporting events in an effort to allow county residents to be active participants, volunteers and spectators. For six years, the Sports Commission oversaw the Park City SportsFest in Bridgeport, a free, educational fan festival tied in with collegiate sports that brought together a wide-range of youth organizations which provided activities and information regarding fitness.
With approximately 100 people actively involved in the organization, including local representatives in the 15 communities it directly oversees, the Sports Commission board is comprised of a wide range of people from throughout the county. Executives from the sports industry, universities, media and business community serve key roles for the Sports Commission. Prominent athletes and sports personalities make up the Sports Commission’s advisory board.
Another key component of the Sports Commission is the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame, which is located at the UConn-Stamford Campus. The Hall of Fame, created in 2005, recognizes the county’s long, rich tradition of sports and honors those who established that tradition. The Hall of Fame inductions are staged annually at the Sports Commission’s Sports Night awards dinner in October, which acts as a fundraiser.
The Hall of Fame also includes a University of Connecticut wing started in 2007 that honors athletes and coaches from Fairfield County that went on to accomplished sports careers at the state university.
The Sports Commission is in its 10th year of existence, and 8th as a charitable and educational entity.
The Sports Commission’s offices are located at the University of Connecticut-Stamford Campus.