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Deadline approaches for Piccolo Award nominees


REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – The deadline for applications for the 2022 Brian Piccolo Award is Oct. 22. The award is given annually to the high-school senior athlete who exhibits the qualities modeled by Brian Piccolo – courage, friendship, loyalty, teamwork, dedication, sense of humor and anti-bias.

The winner will be announced at a banquet at 2 p.m. Nov. 13 at St. Edmond Parish Hall hosted by UNICO Delaware District 1 and the UNICO Rehoboth Area Chapter.

The recipient must be of Italian heritage and show outstanding improvement in athletics. He or she must be a graduating senior at a secondary school residing with an area of a sponsoring chapter or district.

In the past eight years, athletes from Milford High School (2017), Indian River High School (2014, 2016 and 2018), Cape Henlopen High School (May 2015 and November 2016), Sussex Tech High School (November 2015), and Sussex Central High School (2021) have been honored with the Brian Piccolo Award.

The winner’s name will be added to the list of national honorees. The student will receive gifts totaling more than $200. His or her nominating athletic department will receive $1,000.

Brian Piccolo was a halfback for the Chicago Bears who died in 1970. His story inspired the movie “Brian’s Song.”

UNICO Chapters around the country are proud to be associated with perpetuating the name of Brian Piccolo. His courage in the face of serious illness has been a continuing inspiration for millions of people of all ages, determined in achieving their own goals.

This award is offered in Delaware in the fall of each year to afford all the nominees the opportunity to note their success on a resume and application for higher education or employment.

For more information please contact: unicodelawaredistrict1@gmail.com.

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