The Fairfield County Sports Commission, Chelsea Piers Connecticut and the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) jointly announced today that the FCIAC’s Hall of Fame plaques will be displayed alongside the Commission’s Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame wall at Chelsea Piers in Stamford. It will be the first public home for the FCIAC awards since the league began its Hall of Fame in 1995.
“The FCIAC is very appreciative for the opportunity to have the names of our Hall of Fame members exhibited at Chelsea Piers next to those of the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame’s honorees,” said FCIAC commissioner Dave Schulz. “Special thanks to both the Fairfield County Sports Commission and the administration at Chelsea Piers CT for making this happen. We look forward to adding to our plaques for years to come as both groups continue to recognize the best of the best of Fairfield County.”
“Chelsea Piers shares many of the same principles as the Fairfield County Sports Commission and the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC). We introduce thousands of children to sports every year, support and develop their skills as they grow up and coach our competitive athletes to achieve their full potential,” noted Greta Wagner, Executive Vice President, Chelsea Piers Connecticut. “We are thrilled to have the FCIAC represented in the Hall of Fame here at Chelsea Piers Connecticut.”
With the addition of the FCIAC’s plaques, including special awards named for two longtime FCIAC administrators and coaches John Kuczo and Ralph King (both FC Sports Hall of Famers as well), makes the Hall of Fame space on the second level of the Chelsea Piers sports complex even more of an attraction for county sports fans.
“The FCIAC’s presence is a perfect complement to our Hall of Fame showcase,” said Tom Chiappetta, Executive Director of the Sports Commission. “With two of this year’s honorees in Guy Whitten and the late Jack Casagrande, the total number of FCIAC Hall of Famers who have also been recognized in our Hall of Fame is now 16. It’s also very special that Paul Kuczo, one of the FCIAC’s first class in 1995, is having his plaque unveiled today along with his son John as 2018 inductees.”
The Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame, which has been sponsored for the past six years by the Aquarion Water Company, was housed at UConn Stamford for its first 13 years, before re-opening at Chelsea Piers CT in November 2018.
About Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference
The Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) is a 501c (3) non-profit organization which oversees the administration of athletic contests and league tournaments for the seventeen member schools from Fairfield County. The FCIAC, which came into existence in the fall of 1961, schedules its league members in a total of twenty-six sports during the fall, winter and spring seasons.
The FCIAC has a fifteen-member Board of Directors (six of which make up the Executive Board) along with a five-member League Advisory Board. The league is overseen by its commissioner and assistant commissioner which organize and schedule meetings for its Athletic Directors, Executive Board and Board of Directors. Leadership conferences for the student leaders of our league schools are held each fall to educate in the areas of sportsmanship, bullying/hazing and social media.
About Chelsea Piers Connecticut
Chelsea Piers Connecticut (CPCT) is a 500,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art sports and recreation facility located in Stamford, CT. Founded July 2012, Chelsea Piers Connecticut features two indoor ice rinks, an Olympic pool and indoor water park, a gymnastics training center, squash courts, indoor tennis courts, Ninja + Parkour Training Center, batting cages, rock wall, Little Athletes gym, and a Field House with a 100-yard turf field, hardwood basketball/volleyball courts. Chelsea Piers Connecticut also houses a world-class health & fitness facility and clubhouse called “CP-AC Fitness.” The members-only facility features strength and cardio equipment, a mind/body area, and more than 100 weekly fitness classes and programs. Chelsea Piers is also home to nationally competitive teams in eight sports, as well as a childcare facility and preschool and THE LOFT, a 4,000 square foot event space.
About 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 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. Giving time, effort and money back to county residents is its main role.
Since 2008, the Commission has supported more than 30 county youth organizations and programs with financial support. FCSC has donated nearly $200,000 to local charities that focus on the healthy body/healthy mind equation for our children.
The Sports Commission’s major initiative is its Chelsea Cohen Fitness Academy, which acts as an umbrella entity to supplement and complement existing fitness programs, as well as provide area youth year-round access to the best available health and wellness experts. To learn more about the Commission, established in 2005, go to its website (fairfieldcountysports.com).