The Fairfield County Sports Commission created the Chelsea Cohen Courage Award in 2006, named after the late Chelsea Cohen, a former Norwalk High soccer star who was the Sports Commission’s first Courage Award recipient and passed away in 2006 after a courageous bout with a rare form of cancer of the nervous system. The Chelsea Cohen Courage Award recognizes the person in the sports community who has shown inspirational strength in battling life-alterning obstacles.
The Courage Award is presented by Chelsea’s parents Barbara Rittner and Larry Cohen and her twin brother Daniel.
In 2008, the Sports Commission’s Courage Award started a relationship with the Forever Young Foundation, the charitable entity of former Greenwich native and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young. Forever Young has made a long-term commitment to sponsor the Courage Award donating a significant amount of money each year. Forever Young and the Sports Commission will also make a donation each year in Chelsea’s memory. Each year’s donation goes to support the Chelsea Cohen Fitness Academy.