Sports Commission names Capalbo Courage Award winner
Published 3:31 pm, Thursday, September 21, 2017
The Fairfield County Sports Commission announced today that Fairfield co-op hockey goaltender and Fairfield resident Charlie Capalbo has been named as the 2017 Chelsea Cohen Courage Award recipient. The graduate of Fairfield Ludlowe High, was diagnosed with cancer in March.
Capalbo will be honored at the Commission's 13th annual Sports Night awards dinner on Monday, Oct. 16 at the Stamford Marriott at 6 p.m.
The Fairfield County Sports Commission created the Chelsea Cohen Courage Award in 2006. It is named after the late Chelsea Cohen, a former Norwalk High soccer star who was the Commission’s first Courage Award recipient and passed away in 2006 after a courageous bout with a rare form of cancer of the nervous system. The award recognizes the person in the sports community who has shown inspirational strength in battling life-altering obstacles.
Capalbo led the Fairfield hockey team to its first ever appearances in the FCIAC and Division I state tournaments. Immediately following the season, he learned he had been playing with a fast-growing cancerous tumor in his chest and has since been undergoing intensive treatment at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital for non-Hodgkin T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma (a rare form of leukemia).
Friends have set up a GoFundMe page for the Capalbo family to help defray the major expenses associated with Charlie's treatment, which is scheduled to last for 36 months. The site address is: (https://www.gofundme.com/charlie-capalbo-be-strong)
Past Courage Award recipients are:
2016-Danielle Kemp, brain cancer, Milford resident and softball standout with Brakettes
2015-Giacomo Brancato, cancer survivor and two-sport athlete at Fairfield's Warde High
2014-Nicole Graham, cancer survivor and two-sport standout at Greenwich High
2013-Amy Dixon, blind para-triathlete from Greenwich
2012-Paul Gorham, Sacred Heart University football coach
2011- SOC (SEAL) Brian R. Bill, United States Navy, Stamford native who was killed in action in Afghanistan
2010 - Ken Green, Danbury native and pro golfer who lost his leg in a car accident
2009 - James Hilaire, Stamford resident and Univ. of New Haven soccer goalie who suffered a major head injury
2008 - Mike Myers-Keitt, Fairfield Prep and Monmouth University basketball player
2007 - John Tartaglio, Para-athlete from Milford who was a Fairfield University student
2006- Jason Maiella, baseball player at Sacred Heart who was the first recipient under Cohen’s name in 2006.