Joe Garbowski wrote -
The Jack Connors Memorial Scholarship / Running Rebel Award
The New Fairfield Diamond Club is a non-profit organization that help raise funds to support the New Fairfield Baseball program. The Diamond Club is raising funds for the Jack Connors Memorial Scholarship. The $500 Scholarship will be presented to a New Fairfield Baseball player on a yearly basis. The Diamond Club's goal is to have Coach Joe Garbowski raise money through his annual races (triathlons, bike races, running races, and swimming races) in memory of his High School teamate and friend, Jack Connors. 100% of all funds will go to the Jack Connors Memorial Scholarship Fund that will keep Jack's memory alive in the New Fairfield Baseball Program for many years.
For those who did not get a chance to know Jack....
John Joseph (Jack) Connors passed away on October 19, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey after a short battle with a gastrointestinal disease. He was residing in Weehawken, NJ at the time of his death. Jack was born in Danbury on September 7, 1976 and grew up in New Fairfield. He graduated from New Fairfield High School where he excelled in sports and was named the Rebel Booster Club Athlete of the Year his senior year. He then moved on to graduate from Sacred Heart University.
For those who did not get a chance to see Jack on the diamond....
Jack played under Jeff Castaldi and Mike Garbowski in 1993 and 1994 for the New Fairfield Rebels. Jack was New Fairfield's second basemen and leadoff batter both years. He was named Captain his senior year in '94. Jack was known for his speed on the bases. In his two year varsity career, Jack helped create the name, "Running Rebels" for our New Fairfield High School Program due to the amount of stolen bases we had as a team in the WCC – Western Connecticut Conference. Jack's talent and leadership helped lead the 1994 Rebels to the state finals where they ended their season in second place. To this date, the '94 team is the only New Fairfield High School baseball team to go that far in the state play-offs.
1st Race will be February 24th in the Lake Waramaug Polar Bear Run - 7.6 mile
2nd race will be April 7th in the Stratton Faxon Greater Danbury Half Run -13.1 mile
3rd race will be May 19th in the Campagnolo Gran Fondo NYC Bike - 110 mile
These three races will help raise the $500 for the 2013 Jack Connors Memorial Scholarship. The Scholarship will be presented at the New Fairfield Diamond Club's year end Banquet in early June.
More races to come over the summer, fall and winter for the 2014 Memorial Scholarhsip...
Thank you for all your suport