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 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 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 16 communities the Commission serves. Giving time, effort and money back to the county residents is the main role of the Commission.

With a boost from two major corporate donations in 2016, the Commission surpassed the $100,000 mark in donations to youth organizations throughout the county. The current primary beneficiaries of financial support as well as other 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, which 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, dieticians 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).

For the past five years, the Commission has funded Stamford Hospital’s Kids Fans nutrition and wellness program in a collaborative effort with after school programs in Stamford and Norwalk middle schools.

The Commission also has conducted numerous educational panels on topics including injury prevention, steroid use, the college athletic scholarship process and having a career in sports off the field.

With local representatives in the 16 communities it oversees, they provide the Commission with a direct connection to each town. Its board is comprised of a wide range of people from throughout the county. Experts from the sports industry, universities, media, health and business community serve key roles, while prominent athletes and sports personalities comprise the advisory board.

Another key component of the 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 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 14th year of existence, and 12th as a charitable and educational entity.

For more information contact executive director Tom Chiappetta at 203-251-8481 or via email at tomc@fairfieldcountysports.com