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2019 DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN AWARD

CONGRESSMAN DAVID N. CICILLINE

 

 

 

Congressman David N. Cicilline, is a 1979 graduate of Narragansett High School where he played football and served as the Class President of his graduating class. After his graduation from Narragansett High School, he attended Brown University where he and his classmate, John F. Kennedy Jr., established a branch of College Democrats. In 1983, Congressman Cicilline graduated magna cum laude and earned his political science degree from Brown. Upon graduating from Brown, he attended Georgetown University Law School where he earned a J.D.. Congressman Cicilline remained in Washington, D.C. to work as a lawyer for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.

Congressman Cicilline’s political career began in 1994 when he was elected to the RI House of Representatives serving the constituents of Providence’s East Side. He served as a representative until 2003. In 2003, the Congressman was elected as Mayor of Providence where he served two terms until 2011. In 2011, Congressman Cicilline was elected to his first term to the US House of Representatives following the retirement of Patrick Kennedy. Currently the Congressman is serving his fifth term in the House of Representatives. While serving in the House during the last 8 years, he has been a prominent member of several committees. The Congressman is the Chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee and also serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

In Congress, he has become one of the leading advocates for the Make it in America agenda to help rebuild and strengthen America’s manufacturing sector. Considered a champion for the middle class, the Congressman has worked hard to ensure that Rhode Islanders who work hard and play by the rules are able to buy a home, send their kids to college, and save for retirement. He has fought to increase the federal minimum wage and permanently extend the child tax credit to provide tax relief to working families and he has been a strong advocate for equal pay for women and paid family leave.

Congressman Cicilline has worked to protect nation’s seniors and to honor our commitment to them by opposing every effort to privatize Social Security and cut Medicare. In 2015, following the Supreme Court’s historic decision on marriage equality, he introduced the Equality Act to extend comprehensive anti-discrimination protections to the LGBT community in public accommodations, housing, employment, federal funding, education, credit, and jury service. their sexual orientation or gender identity. Cicilline is also fighting to make it easier for people to participate in our democracy. He introduced the Automatic Voter Registration Act, which automatically registers eligible citizens to vote at the DMV. He has co-sponsored several significant bills including the Microbead-Free Waters Act, the Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism Anti-Drilling Act and H.R. 1814, a bill that will permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which was first established in 1965 to provide federal funding to conserve vital natural resources.

 

 

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

 

1988 – William Gilbane

1989 – U.S. Senator John O. Pastore

1990 – Henry A. “Hank” Soar

1991 – Matt Cavanagh (Friendship Award)

1991 – Mosi Tatupu (Friendship Award)

1992 – Paul Choquette, Jr.

1993 – Gov. Philip W. Noel

1994 – Steve Grogan

1995 – Hon. John E. Orton III

1996 – U.S. Senator Claiborne deBorda Pell

1997 – Bradford Boss

1998 – Harry Kizirian

1999 – U.S. Senator Jack Reed

2000 – Armand LaMontague 2001 – Ben Mondor

2002 – Gov. J.J. Garrahy

2003 – Mike Tranghese

2004 – A.J. Smith

2005 – Gov. Donald Carcieri

2006 – Hon. Ronald Machtley

2007 – Joseph MarcAurele

2008 – Rev. Brian Shanley

2009 – Dr. Robert Carothers

2010 – Brig. General James Dunn

2011 – William Gilbane, Jr.

2012 - Michael Goldberger

2013 - Terrance Murray

2014 - George Pyne

2015 - Mark Van Eeghen

2016 - Lou Marciano

2017 - Dr. Arnold Scheller

2018 - Dante Scarnecchia

 

 

 

2019 CONTRIBUTION TO AMATEUR FOOTBALL AWARD

JAMES "JIM" NORMAN

 

 

  Jim Norman, a native Rhode Islander (South Kingstown) enrolled at URI in 1952, has been closely associated with the University for nearly 67 years, and has been often described as “Mr. URI” and as a “Ram Legend.” He graduated with his Engineering BS Degree in 1957 and later studied at Boston University for a MS Degree in Communications. Jim spent 25 years (1968-93) as URI’s Assistant Director of Athletics/Sports Information Director and for 34 years (1961-95) he became the “Voice of the Rams” broadcasting Rams football and basketball. During his tenure he served as a full time faculty member teaching Speech and Radio-TV, and as the University’s first Director of Broadcasting.

As an undergraduate in 1955, Jim was hired by WEAN to air the play-by-play of URI’s “Refrigerator Bowl” football game from Evansville, IN…his first commercial radio broadcast. His 1973 Thanksgiving Day “Turkey Bowl” live broadcast to the U.S. from Frankfort’s Rhein Main Air Force Base was simulcast by the Armed Forces Network which also fed the Voice of America. He also aired live, URI vs. Villanova, a Conference game played at Milan in 1989. Jim is also credited with starting (in 1961) the first commercial radio network for the airing of sports events at any level in Rhode Island history, and when he retired in 1995, held the record for the most years (34) of consecutively airing the same University’s games in New England broadcasting annals.

The day after graduation from URI in 1957, Jim was hired as a newsman and sportscaster at WEAN, WPJB-FM, and for eight years (1963-71) was the two station’s sports director. He also began 23 years of active and reserve duty in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Major in 1980. On active duty for two years, he was assigned as the Public Information Officer for Ft. Belvoir (VA) and spent his summer training periods for most of his 21 years as a Reservist at the Pentagon, assigned to the Chief of Information Office, Department of the Army. When Jim enrolled at BU in 1960, he was selected as a graduate student supervisor and announcer for WBUR-FM, and at the same time was chosen by WGBH-TV, Ch. 2 to air sports and weather for its evening newscasts broadcasting annals, then the highest rated TV news program in the Greater Boston area. Many of his telecasts dealt with amateur football.

Jim has been inducted into six Halls of Fame: State of Rhode Island, Providence Gridiron Club, Rhode Island Radio, Rhode Island Journalism, Words Unlimited and URI Athletic. He’s also been honored with three lifetime memberships and was president of seven organizations, also serving as an active Board Member. Jim served for several years as a board member of the RI Football Foundation. Overall, he’s received more than 60 major awards for excellence as a broadcaster and SID, including four from the R.I. House and Senate and one from the U.S. House of Representatives. The Meade Stadium press box is dedicated in his honor, in 1995 he was named by the Providence Journal as one of Rhode Island’s “Top Forty Most Influential Persons in Sports for the Past 40 Years,” the Boston Globe presented him a special award in 1993 for outstanding service to sports, and the Providence Gridiron Club bestowed its Inaugural Meritorious Service and Dedication Award on him in 2017.

He also wrote two sports columns a week for three years for the Providence Journal and has researched and written more than 1,100 award citations (voicing hundreds) for several Halls of Fame: Providence Gridiron Club (46 years), State of Rhode Island (40 years) and URI Athletic (23 years). In addition, Jim did similar work for our NFF Chapter’s three major “adult” awards (for the first 29 years). He and his wife Roberta, (URI ’59) live in Kingston and are the parents of three adult children, each a URI alumnus who also earned a graduate degree elsewhere. They have four grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

 

1988 – Dr. Americo S. Savastano

1989 – Jack Cronin

1990 – Frank Maznicki

1991 – Dick Reynolds

1992 – Jack Zilly

1993 – Ambrose Smith

1994 – Steve Furness

1995 – John Huntington

1996 – Bernie Buonanno, Sr.

1997 – John Toppa

1998 – Domenic DiLuglio

1999 – Frank Navarro

2000 - Mark Whipple

2001 – Bob Griffin

2002 – Maurice Zarchen

2003 – Ron Petro

2004 – Chet O’Neill

2005 – Richard Lynch

2006 – Tony Centore

2007 – Bill Stringfellow

2008 – Mickey Kwiatkowski

2009 – Phil Estes

2010 – John Gillooly

2011 – Charlie Gibbons

2012 - Dick Downey

2013 - Robert "Bob" Wylie

2014 - Gregg Drew

2015 - Anthony "Tony" Rainone

2016 - Edward "Ted" Stebbins

2017 - Robert Murray

2018 - Domenic Marcone

 

 

 

2019 FOOTBALL OFFICIAL AWARD

GEORGE M. (TED) TRACY JR.

 

 

Ted Tracy is a 1971 graduate of Johnston High School, where he was a three sport varsity athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball. Ted played on the first Johnston football team to earn a winning record in 1971. In his senior year, he was chosen as Johnston High School’s Providence Journal Bulletin Honor Roll nominee. Ted was also selected as an alternate nominee to US Military Academy at West Point. After graduation, he attended Providence College where he was member of the school’s football program. In 1975, he received his B.A. in secondary mathematics. Ted attained two M.A. along the way, also from Providence College, in secondary administration and counseling.

Ted began his thirty-five year teaching career at Johnston High School in 1975. He worked there until 1982 before moving on to Scituate High School where he spent twenty-eight years. Ted served as the school’s Director of Guidance for thirteen of those years. He retired from teaching in 2010.

In 1975, Ted began his coaching career at LaSalle Academy where he coached freshmen and varsity football for three years. In 1978, he returned to his alma mater, Johnston High School, to coach for three years. He served as the Defensive Coordinator at Warwick Veterans High School for one season in 1981. In 1982, Ted’s football coaching career led him back to LaSalle Academy where he spent five years as the team’s defensive coordinator. His impressive coaching resume also included his sixteen year tenure as the Head Girl’s Volleyball Coach at Scituate High School beginning in 1986. His teams earned thirteen playoff appearances, including two State Finals and four Division sportsmanship awards. Ted was named Coach of the Year four times.

Ted followed in the footsteps of his father, George Tracy Sr, (1999 Officials Award recipient). He is well recognized for his work as a longtime football official throughout the State of RI. During his twenty-nine year career as a football official, Ted officiated in numerous playoff games and eight Super Bowls. He also served as the President of the RIFOA. Although Ted has retired from officiating football, he continues to be a member of both the RI Boy’s and Girl’s High School Basketball Board. This past season, he completed his forty-third year with the boys and thirty-eighth year with the girls boards respectively.

Ted and his wife Suzanne have been married for thirty-three years. They have two children, Ted and Michaela.

 

 

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

 

1997 – Irving Scott

1998 – Peter Capirchio

1999 – George Tracy

2000 – Lou Cimini

2001 – Bob Benz

2002 – Vin Sclama

2003 – Thomas Mulvey

2004 – Clint Robertson

2005 – Ted Gilmartin

2006 – Phil Kershaw

2007 – Raymond Beattie

2008 – Charles Lehourites

2009 – Bob Flick

2010 – Edward “Bud” Conley

2011 – Philip “Bob” Caito

2012 - James Peluso

2013 - John Pagano

2014 - John A. Abbate

2015 - Edward Hanley

2016 - Joseph Schwab

2017 - William Phillips

2018 - Bruce Guindon

2019 GOLDEN DOZEN

ROBENSON ANTOINE

Cranston East High School

5’7”, 160 lbs., WR/DB

JUSTIN KLEMANCHUCK

Tolman High School

5’8”, 170 lbs., QB/DB

KYLE BICHO

Portsmouth High School

5’11”, 195 lbs., QB/LB

JOSHUA LACERTE

Westerly High School

6’0”, 205 lbs., FB/DL

 

ISRAEL EMMANUEL

Bishop Hendricken

5’9”,  180 lbs., RB/OLB

AIDAN LYNN

West Warwick High School

6’2”, 195 lbs., OL/DE

MONTANER FRESILLI

South Kingstown High School

6’3”, 295 lbs., OL/DE

JOSEPH McGINN

LaSalle Academy

6’3”, 270 lbs., OL/DL

EMMANUEL GOMES

Woonsocket High School

6’0”, 185 lbs., RB/DB

DEVIN RUSS

Middletown High School

5’9”, 170 lbs., RB/DB

JULIEN KARRAZ

Lincoln High School

5’10”, 185 lbs., RB/LB

WILL SUCH

Cranston West

6’2”, 220 lbs., RB/LB

2019 SILVER SCHOLAR ATHLETES

COOPER CARDONE

North Kingstown

5’11”, 180 lbs., OL/DE

JASON MERIWETHER II

North Smithfield

5’11”, 160 lbs., WR/DB

GIOVANIE DELGADO

Shea

6’1”, 170 lbs., WR/DB

KEVIN NAVAS

Pilgrim

5’8”, 245 lbs., OL/DL

 

RICHARD EVOLA

Chariho

6’3”, 175 lbs., WR/DB

JACOB NUTTER

Barrington

6’0”, 245 lbs., OL/DL

 

ZACHARY FANARA

East Providence

5’9”, 155 lbs., RB/DB

CAEDIN PACHECO

Mt. Hope

6’3”, 180 lbs., WR/DB

DANIEL GARDE

Tiverton

5’10”, 170 lbs., WR/DB

DYLAN PALMIERI

Scituate

6’0”, 200 lbs., OL/DL

 

CHRISTOPHER GERMOSEN

Central

5’10”, 185 lbs., RB/DB

BENJAMIN READ

Coventry

6’0”, 170 lbs., WR/DB

 

NOLAN JOLICOEUR

Ponaganset

6’3”, 185 lbs., TE/S

BRENNAN RICHARDS

Burrillville

6’1”, 205 lbs., TE/LB

COOPER KRUSZ

Cranston West

6’0”, 165 lbs., RB/LB

JORDAN RIENDEAU

Narragansett

6’5”, 240 lbs., TE/DE

GARMODEH WILLIE

St. Raphael

5’7”, 170 lbs., OL/DL

GABRIEL MATOS

J. Sanchez/PCD/Wheeler

5’7”, 155 lbs., RB/LB

COOPER KRUSZ

Cranston West

6’0”, 165 lbs., RB/LB

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