David Mazza to be honored Thursday by Hall of Fame

The Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame announced today that its UConn Wing will be named for David L. Mazza, who founded and oversaw the sports programs at UConn’s  Stamford campus.

Mazza, a Stamford native and longtime Trumbull resident, passed away in January at the age of 71.

Mazza, who started the sports programs at UConn-Stamford in 1966-67, will be recognized Thursday, Nov 13, with a ceremony to unveil a plaque that will be permanently displayed at the Hall of Fame’s home at UConn Stamford.

A reception and program will start there at 6 p.m. and will also feature the induction of the three newest UConn Wing Hall of Famers, Craig Austrie, Bruno Giordano and Rick Robustelli.

The UConn Wing was started in 2007 and will have recognized 27 former athletes and coaches following this year’s induction.

Under Mazza’s guidance, the Stamford campus had teams in baseball, basketball, tennis and golf for more than 15 years, before they were halted in the mid-80’s due to budget constraints. It also had a women’s softball team for one year.

The event is a fundraising benefit for the Stamford Campus Director’s Fund for student scholarships and the Fairfield County Sports Commission, which oversees the Hall of Fame.

The evening also includes a cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres donated by Stamford restaurants.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Tom Chiappetta at 203-984-4806 or at tomchip21@aol.com.