The Fairfield County Sports Commission announced its 2012 Sports Persons of the Year in each of the 15 communities the Commission serves. The local sports honorees will be recognized at the eighth annual Sports Night awards dinner on Monday, Oct. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich at 6 p.m.

In each of the 15 communities, a committee headed by a local town representative of the Commission selected a Sports Person of the Year. Each winner was deemed to have had the most positive impact in their sports community from Aug. 2011-Aug. 2012.

The Sports Persons of the Year are: Bridgeport: James Campbell, Stony Brook pitcher, Major League Baseball draftee. Darien: Rob Crane, U.S. Olympic sailing team member. Easton: John Distler, Joel Barlow High lacrosse coach. Class S state coach of year. Fairfield: Craig Kinsley, U.S. Olympic track team member-javelin. Greenwich: Greenwich High Boys' and Girls' golf teams, both FCIAC champions. Monroe: Casey Cochran, Masuk High quarterback, Gatorade state player of year. New Canaan: Charlie Cole, U.S. Olympic rowing team, bronze medal winner. Norwalk: Bryan Daniello, McMahon High baseball standout, Gatorade state player of year. Shelton: Shelton High Boys' Baseball Team, Class LL state champions. Stamford: Dan Madwed, University of Michigan All-American swimmer. Stratford: Zach Zurita, Bunnell High soccer standout, Gatorade state player of year. Trumbull: Even Centopani, Nationally-recognized professional bodybuilder. Weston: Sibyl Ledwick, Weston High Boosters Club, girls' youth lacrosse leader. Westport: Staples High boys' indoor/outdoor track teams, FCIAC and state champions. Wilton: Chelsea LeVander, Wilton High gymnast, FCIAC all-round champion.

For more information concerning tickets and sponsorship opportunities for Sports Night, visit www.fairfieldcountysports.com or call 203-251-8481.

The Fairfield County Sports Commission is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is the one-stop resource for the sports community in the area with a mission of promoting fitness and personal development through sports. The Commission, with the exception of the executive director, is an all-volunteer group that gives financial support and its resources back to its communities, primarily focused on the 110,000 school age youngsters it can reach with its fitness awareness education programs under its newly-formed Chelsea Cohen Fitness Academy.

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