79th Gold Key banquet has been postponed until October 2021


The 79th annual Gold Key dinner and banquet has been postponed until Sunday, October 17, 2021, at the Aqua Turf restaurant in the Plantsville section of Southington due to continued concerns about safety and the COVID-19 pandemic.


Officials in the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance (CSWA) had hoped they the banquet could have been held on May 2 but while the state has done well in trying to contain the virus, circumstances have not improved enough to hold the banquet in May.


First celebrated in 1940, the Gold Key Dinner honors Connecticut sportspersons of the past and present. The Gold Key itself, one of the most prestigious athletic awards in the state, is presented to athletes, coaches and administrators who have made longstanding, significant contributions to Connecticut's rich athletic heritage.


Tickets to the Gold Key dinner are $75 apiece, and may be reserved by contacting CSWA President Tim Jensen of Patch Media Corp. at tim.jensen@patch.com. Proceeds from the event benefit the Bo Kolinsky Memorial Sports Journalism Scholarship, named after a longtime Hartford Courant sportswriter and past CSWA president who died unexpectedly in 2003.


Gold Key Award recipients will be five legendary scholastic coaches -- Cookie Bromage (Enfield field hockey), Joe Grippo (Morgan girls volleyball and girls basketball), Lou Milardo (Hale-Ray softball), Ricky Shook (Danbury wrestling) and Angela Tammaro (Greenwich Academy field hockey and lacrosse).


The Gold Key is presented to athletes, coaches and administrators who have made noteworthy contributions to Connecticut's rich athletic heritage.


Baseball Hall of Fame honoree Claire Smith, 2017 recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, will receive the President’s Award.


Other award winners who will be recognized at the banquet include:

Hank O’Donnell Female Athlete of the Year (2019): Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Sun

Bill Lee Male Athlete of the Year (2019): Alfonso Vazquez Villar, Windham High

Doc McInerney High School Coaches of the Year (2019): Bobby Pattison, Newtown football and Kitty Palmer, Guilford field hockey

John Wentworth Good Sport Awards: Ben Aleks, Somers; Paul Duddy, Mystic; Steve Krevisky, Middletown; Bill O’Brien, Stratford; Bill Santillo, New Haven

Hal Levy High School Recognition Award: Dave Johnson, Monroe

Bob Casey Courage Award: Caden Gesualdi, Ellington High

Bo Kolinsky Special Recognition Award: Elizabeth Fry, Westport

Bo Kolinsky Memorial Sports Journalism Scholarship (2020): Johanna “Hanny” Wolkoff, Farmington


The only scheduled addition to these awards will be the 2021 Bo Kolinsky Memorial Sports Journalism Scholarship award winner, Coaches of the Year for 2020 and Athletes of the Year for 2020.


It is the fifth rescheduled date for the event. It was originally scheduled to be held on April 26, 2020.

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