Greenwich Old Timers honor athletes making a difference

For more than 50 years the Old Timers Athletic Association of Greenwich has been honoring those who have excelled on the sports field and those who have excelled off it by giving back to the community.

 

On Nov. 9, the association did it again at its annual Sports Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. The big names on the program were former New York Mets pitcher Ron Darling, a member of the 1986 World Championship team and a current broadcaster for the team on SNY, and former New York Rangers defenseman Ron Greschner, who is considered one of the franchise’s best. But the true honorees were Greenwich’s Joe Cabrera, Dick Pace, Brian Foster and Dick Steele.

Mr. Cabrera is one of Greenwich High School’s most famous alumns from its football program, setting school records for rushing that stood for years. Mr. Pace, a longtime coach in town, was honored for starting the OGRCC Junior Lacrosse Program. Mr. Foster was also honored for his years as a coach and mentor and also for his brave fight against cancer, which is currently in remission. Mr. Steele’s work as a youth baseball coach was also noted, especially for the lessons about sportsmanship and community service that went well beyond the diamond.

Selectman David Theis and State Rep. Fred Camillo (R-151) were on hand for the event as well as several former honorees from the association.

All photographs were taken by Post photographer John Ferris Robben.

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