Maryellen Holden of Bristol and Paul Majeski of New Britain are among six individuals to be named recipients of the John Wentworth Good Sport Award by the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance.
All have “unselfishly devoted their time and energy to the promotion of athletics in their communities,” according to a press release announcing the awards.
Other recipients are Ed DiPersio of Meriden, Dave Farr of Windsor Locks, Don “Grog” Lombardo of Middletown and Mike Madera of West Haven.
The award is named in honor of John Wentworth, former sports editor of the New Britain Herald who specialized in writing about local sports figures.
Holden has been a Little League volunteer in Central Connecticut for nearly 30 years, including the past 20 as District Administrator or Assistant District Administrator for District 5. She had a 15-year stint as secretary/treasurer of the State of CT Little League District Administrators.
Among her many accolades has been induction into the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame in 2013; and in 2014, she was the first female recipient of the Peter J. McGovern Distinguished Service Award from Little League International.
Majeski’s name is synonymous with New Britain High School sports. A 38-year physical education teacher at the school, he was an assistant football coach for two decades.
Since 1968, he has performed numerous duties for the Golden Hurricanes’ sports programs, including basketball scorekeeper, timekeeper, ticket seller and public address announcer.
He and his wife currently live in Waterford, but he remains devoted to New Britain athletics.
The six will be honored at the 77th annual Gold Key Dinner at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington on Sunday, April 29.
Gold Key Award recipients will be PGA golf professional Dennis Coscina, former Granby Memorial High School field hockey coach Dot Johnson, New Canaan High School football coach Lou Marinelli, newly-retired UConn women’s soccer coach Len Tsantiris and Olympic ice hockey gold medalist Gretchen Ulion-Silverman.
Tickets to the Gold Key Dinner are $75 and may be reserved by contacting CSWA President Tim Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-394-5091; or Vice President Rich Gregory at email@example.com or 203-705-8625.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Bo Kolinsky Journalism Scholarship, named after a long-time sportswriter and past CSWA president who died unexpectedly in 2003.