03 Mar Danbury High School Student Athletes Making A Difference
Last year, SLAMDiabetes site selectors considered nearly two dozen sites in Connecticut for a 2014 tournament. Danbury was eventually chosen to host the 2014 Western Connecticut Classic Wiffle© Ball Tournament, and it was the AD and his newly formed Captains’ Council who convinced everyone.
“There were some excellent locations in central and southwestern Connecticut,” said Jeff Kolok, SLAMDiabetes co-founder. “Chip Salvestrini, Danbury High School’s AD, wants his student athletes to develop leadership skills that translate from field to community. When we called, he happened to be looking for an opportunity for his kids. It’s been a great fit.”
The Danbury High student athletes are drawn from the DHS Captains’ Council, which is comprised of captains from every team at the school. Seniors Michael Schneider and Faith Mancuso are leading the group of student-athletes. They’ll be involved in forming teams, motivating staff, teachers, friends and families to participate, raising awareness about T1D in the greater Danbury area and volunteering during the tournament.