The Fairfield County Sports Commission today announced its 2015 Sports Persons of the \u00a0Year in each of the 16 communities the Commission directly serves. The local sports honorees will be recognized at the 11th annual Sports Night awards dinner, Monday, Oct. 19, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich at 6 p.m. In each of the 16 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. 2014-Aug. 2015. The Sports Persons of the Year are: BRIDGEPORT- the late Ken Shepard, former Bridgeport Bluefish general manager DARIEN- Darien High Boys Hockey Team, Division I state champions EASTON- Barlow High Girls Softball Team, School record 17 wins & SWC runners-up FAIRFIELD- \u00a0Charlie & Tim Kane, Warde High star wrestlers, Class L & State Open champions GREENWICH- Catherine McEvoy, Greenwich High golf star, CT Women's Amateur Champion MONROE- \u00a0Monroe U10-11 Little League Softball Team, State champions NEW CANAAN- Zach Allen, New Canaan High football standout, Gatorade State Player of Year NEWTOWN- the late Joe Mailloux, Longtime sports community leader & coach NORWALK- Eric van der Els, McMahon High distance runner, All-American SHELTON- Garrett & Peter Gintoli, Team USA Deaflympics hockey, bronze medalists STAMFORD- Chordale Booker, USA Boxing National Champion STRATFORD- Bunnell Boys Basketball Team, Class L state champions TRUMBULL- Cross Cannone, Trumbull High wrestling star, State Open & Class LL champion WESTON- Carla & Sean Welsh, Weston Basketball Association & WHS Boosters Club WESTPORT- Mike Paliotta, National Hockey League debut WILTON- Wilton High Girls Basketball Team, Class LL state champions The Fairfield County Sports Commission is a 501c3 non-profit organization 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 Chelsea Cohen Fitness Academy. For more information concerning tickets and sponsorship opportunities for Sports Night, visit fairfieldcountysports.com or call 203-251-8481.