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            April 14, 2005

UCONN Asst. Coach, George Blaney Presents
Gordon Hamilton Sportsmanship Award to
Calvin Moreland, Hartford Public High School

Hartford - George Blaney, UConn Men's Basketball Assistant Coach, presented a sportsmanship achievement award to Calvin Moreland, at a banquet held by the Hartford Sports Academy, Saturday April 9.  The sportsmanship award was honored in the name of Gordon Hamilton, who had provided support to the program, before he lost his life in a car accident earlier this year. 

In presenting the award, Blaney talked about the importance of "believing in yourself," -- that you can make a difference both in your own success and the success of the team that you belong to -- whether in sports, school, family or community." 

He encouraged the players to "never give up," and spoke about the importance of mental toughness.  "Life doesn't care about your bad luck or misfortune, but that is up to individuals to believe in themselves and exhibit positive lessons for themselves and others."  "The team concept is about a diversity of people who are working toward a common goal.  Whether you are Irish, African-American, Puerto Rican, Greek, and whatever ethnicity -- the richness of diversity focus on team goals is what life is all about."

The Sports Academy Banquet hosted by a partnership between the Capital Workforce Partners, City of Hartford Health and Human Services Department, and youth-serving agencies -- as part of the Mayor's Future Workforce Investment System -- was attended by 50 youth who participated in this year's basketball league.  Participating youth received special recognition for being involved in not only the basketball program, but for also demonstrating other leadership qualities. 

The organizers of the event: Chuck Cummings and Luis Delgado presented trophies with Mr. Blaney to the 50 participants and encouraged their continued positive influence in the community.

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