Connecticut Post (Sunday) - - Sports -

The Hall of Fame is over­seen by the Fair­field County Sports Com­mis­sion.

“Chelsea Piers shares many of the same prin­ci­ples as the Sports Com­mis­sion,” Greta Wag­ner, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, Chelsea Piers Con­necti­cut said. “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.”

When the Hall of Fame needed a new home, Sports Com­mis­sion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Tom Chi­ap­petta knew Chelsea Piers was the per­fect place.

“When we were search­ing for the right lo­ca­tion to dis­play our Hall of Fame, Chelsea Piers Con­necti­cut im­me­di­ately came to mind,” Chi­ap­petta, said. “We were not only look­ing for the proper place and ad­e­quate space nec­es­sary, but for a like- minded part­ner that would help us grow the vis­i­bil­ity of the Hall. Chelsea Piers fit all of that and more.”

Both or­ga­ni­za­tions hosted a pair of events at the fa­cil­ity to kick off their part­ner­ship. In the af­ter­noon, 15 eighth grade stu­dents from the Rogers In­ter­na­tional School heard an ed­u­ca­tional talk from Chi­ap­petta and Chelsea Piers’ Field House Di­rec­tor Jeff Brameier, the high­ly­suc­cess­ful Darien High boys’ lacrosse coach. A team build­ing ex­er­cise fol­lowed as well as the stu­dents hav­ing a chance to see the plaques on the HOF wall.

In the evening, the of­fi­cial re- open­ing was at­tended by Hall of Fame in­ductees, their fam­ily mem­bers and friends and sup­port­ers of the Com­mis­sion.

At­tend­ing were Hall of Famers Gary Lib­er­a­tore ( 2008), Joe DeSan­tis ( 2011), Sue Merz, Wes Matthews and Harold Jensen ( 2012), Den­nis Paglialunga ( 2013) and Lad­die Lawrence ( 2017). Fam­ily mem­bers for de­ceased honorees Mickey Lione Jr. ( 2010) and Allyson Rioux ( 2013) were also on hand. Gregg Hutchings, a 2011 se­lec­tion of the UConn Wing of the HOF, was also in at­ten­dance.

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