Christopher Capobianco, a Milford resident and Trumbull coach, will be honored at the Special Olympics Connecticut Hall of Fame Dinner March 20, “Celebrating 45 Years of Memories” at the Aqua Turf Country Club, Plantsville.

The annual Hall of Fame event honors extraordinary athletes, volunteers and supporters who demonstrate leadership, spirit and selflessness, inspire joy through sport and promote inclusion and respect for individuals of all abilities. Tickets, which must be reserved in advance, are $25 per person and may be obtained by calling 203-230-1201, ext. 276 or emailing kellib@soct.org.

Capobianco will receive the Sheila Schmidt Award which is given to a volunteer who, through unselfish efforts, has made a significant impact on the entire organization.

Capobianco has volunteered with Special Olympics Connecticut for more than 15 years and is very active with the Special Olympics Trumbull program. His volunteer roles include director of the power-lifting competition at the Holiday Sports Classic state games, coach of the Trumbull power-lifting team and coach of the power-lifting team that represented Connecticut at the Special Olympics World Games in 1999. He also caddies for athletes at state and national golf competitions and assists with the track & field events at Special Olympics’ annual Summer Games.

In addition to volunteering, he participates in, practices and competes in power-lifting, track and field, bowling and golf as a Unified Partner.

He also garners support for Special Olympics Connecticut by annually taking part in the organization’s Westport Penguin Plunge fundraiser — an event he has participated in since its inception.

Capobianco has four children who he’s brought to Special Olympics events over the years to instill in them the values of kindness and service to others. Now old enough to volunteer themselves, Capobianco's children currently assist as score-keepers, medal presenters and Unified Partners at events, following in their father's footsteps.

The Hall of Fame Dinner is hosted and made possible through the generosity of the Bozzuto and Calvanese families. Registration will begin at 5 p.m.; the program at 6 p.m.

Athletes from Across the State to Compete in Special Olympics Winter Games this weekend, March 2 and 3. Events are free and open to the public and will be held at venues in Hartford and Litchfield Counties. For more information, go to www.soct.org and click on “Winter Games”, email specialolympicsct@soct.org or call 203-230-1201.