Greenwich Old Timers Athletic Association honors Peter Gasparino

The Greenwich Old Timers Athletic Association has announced this year’s recipient of the fifth annual Coach’s Lifetime Achievement Award and it’s longime resident Peter Gasparino.

Mr. Gasparino worked as an educator, coach, referee, community activist and politician to help to make the community a better place to live and work. His contributions to Greenwich and the “impact he had on the many young adults that he came into contact with while teaching and coaching at St. Mary’s High School are immeasurable.”

He will be honored at a luncheon on Friday, May 2, at Greenwich Country Club.

In 1963, Mr. Gasparino began his teaching and coaching career at St. Mary’s High School. Along with Head Coach Bill Bergeron, John Rich and many talented and dedicated student athletes, he helped turn the small catholic high school into a force to be reckoned with. Mr. Gasparino remained at St. Mary’s High School until 1983, where he coached the offensive and defensive line for the football team and taught English, Public Speaking and Theology.

He continued his involvement in athletics by coaching and refereeing youth sports in his free time. He helped organize and coach the Babe Ruth Intermediate League. For six years, he also coached the midget football league and continued to stay active as a state licensed referee in both basketball and baseball for almost twenty years.

Over the years, Mr. Gasparino continued to serve the community through his involvement with the Board of Estimate and Taxation, Community Block Development Committee, the Byram-Cos Cob Rotary, Knights of Columbus, International Order of the Redmen, NAACP and the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee.

The Greenwich Old Timers Athletic Association, with its mission of supporting youth sports in the community, established the Coach’s Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize individuals who best exemplified the spirit of excellence and commitment to the young athletes of the community. This award is not about honoring wins and losses, but recognizing a coach’s deep understanding of character and instilling confidence, teamwork, commitment, fairness, honor, sportsmanship, and, most of all, the love of the game.

Along with the award, each year the Old Timers will make a $1,000 donation to a youth sports program in the community in the recipient’s names. John Kavanaugh, Harold Catanzaro, Larry Jones, Bruce Fuller and Tom Smith are the previous recipients of the Coach’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

For further information about this award or to purchase tickets for the luncheon, $55 per person, contact Leslie Singer at 203-869-9200 or [email protected] Greenwich Country Club is located at 19 Doubling Road.

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