State Representative John Shaban joined with the Connecticut Grizzlies to reach out to the community during this holiday season.
Players from the Grizzlies, joined by their coach Bernie Armstrong, visited the Stamford Housing Authority this week where they were joined by local children and parents. Members of the team handed out presents to the young children who were asked to tell everyone in attendance their favorite part of the holiday season.
Players also handed out a toothbrush and toothpaste, donated by Stamford Hospital, to each child.
The toys for the event were provided by Athletes in the Community, a non-profit that was set up and is still run by John Shaban back when he was playing with the CT Giants. Shaban, who is a former teammate of Armstong, has kept close ties with Armstong and the team.
The Grizzlies is an Intercollegiate Club Football Federation team run in southwestern Connecticut that pulls Connecticut Community College athletes into a single football team to compete with college club teams in the northeast. The team was started with the purpose of keeping High School kids/athletes, most of whom would not otherwise go to college, involved in school and sports. The team enables most of the athletes to get through as least 2 years of community college, and gets many of them into 4 year schools. http://www.swcgrizz.com/