2018 Wellington Mara Award recipients

JoeCalandrelli-RickRBobbyV 10.27.18Joe Calandrelli (Stamford North Little League), has  dedicated nearly 4 decades of service to helping the youth of Stamford develop a long-lasting love for the game of baseball.  He sets standards of continuous learning and development that help his players in every aspect of their lives.  (pictured left to right, Rick Robustelli, Joe Calandrelli, Bobby Valentine)


JaimeCamacho-RickRBobbyV 10.27.18Jaime Camacho (Stamford Youth Wrestling), has been a youth wresting coach for over 20 years and is currently Head Wresting Coach at Stamford High School.  He is President of the Stamford Junior Wrestling Club, where he focuses on instilling confidence, character and courage in his wrestlers. (pictured left to right, Rick Robustelli, Bobby Valentine, Jaime Camacho)

2018 Special Memorial Award

Chris Sabia (Stamford Legion Baseball)

ChrisSabiafamily-BobbyV 10.27.18This year the fund is also giving a Special Memorial Award to honor Chris Sabia.  Chris' life was tragically cut short at age 39 due to a courageous battle with lung cancer.  Chris was instrumental in building the Stamford Legion Baseball program for 12 to 19-year olds and was a dedicated friend, coach and mentor.  He put his heart and soul into helping others.  His motto was "Show, don't tell.  Lead by example".  He had a tremendous impact on many peoples' lives, both on and off the field.  His legacy lives on in the Stamford Legion Baseball program.  His selfless contributions to our community will always be remembered.  (pictured left to right, Jim Sabia (Chris' Dad), Liz Labrosciano (Chris' sister), Bobby Valentine)

Previous recipients

Pete Hansen
Stamford Lacrosse Association

Bobby Robustelli
Springdale Little League

Mike Battinelli
Stamford Junior Wrestling

Junie DeLeo
Springdale Little League

Billy DeVito
National Lione Little League

Michael Crocco
Stamford Youth Soccer

Mickey Lione, Jr., Fund
P.O. Box 17053      Stamford, CT 06907      info@mickeylionefund.org