STRATFORD–The Stratford Old Timers Athletic Association will honor a group of seven at its 54th Annual Golden Crown Awards Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., at the Oronoque Country Club.
One of those being honored is Mike LaPia, who is being presented the 2019 John “Jack” Geary Award.
LaPia’s introduction to sports began in the late 1970s, playing in the South End Little League with various Stratford Old Timers like Wilber O’Brien, Carl Sakowitz, Sr., and Raleigh Padgett as some of his coaches.
He continued playing baseball through the Stratford PONY League and later at Platt Tech H.S. in Milford.
After the high school season, he played two years of Connie Mack baseball out of Seaside Park in Bridgeport and also played slow-pitch softball for many local establishments throughout the 1990s.
Once his children became old enough to participate in sports, Mike became dedicated to community service by coaching in the Stratford Little League, Babe Ruth and Sterling House soccer programs.
When his children moved on to Stratford High School, LaPia became the SHS Red Devil Booster Club Co-President and has served in that capacity for the last six years.
He was instrumental in the Penders Field concession stand renovations and upgrades, including the Karen’s Garden and Jim Penders, Sr. memorial stone relocation and patio installation.
With the assistance of the officers and volunteers at SHS, Mike has seen the club donate thousands of dollars for student-athlete scholarships and team equipment.
For the past four years, he has been a member of the SOAA and has assisted on several committees including the golf tournament, awards dinner and scholarship committees and serves on the Board of Directors.
Mike is a Project Manager for Paul Dinto Electric in Middlebury and has been a Local 488 IBEW member for 28 years after studying the trade at Platt Tech.
Mike and his wife of 23 years (Lori Pollock), reside in town and have three children–Mikey, Brianna and Kaitlin, who have all excelled in sports, academics and community service.
Tickets ($40 each), table reservations of 10 and ads for the program book can be reserved by contacting SOAA president and dinner co-chairman Bob Mastroni, 1432 Main St., Stratford, CT 06615; or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 203-362-5675.
The doors will open at 6 p.m.
All tickets must be paid for in advance and no tickets will be sold at the door.
Also being honored are: Patti Fernandez, Ed Rooney and Ed Yearwood, all of whom will receive Golden Crown Athletic Achievement Awards.
Special recognition will also be accorded to Tish Morrissey (Micki Stratton Award), Ray Bastarache (Alvin “Bud” Russell Award), and Bill O’Brien (Tim Ramik Award).