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Longtime Bridgeport Sports Writer To Be Inducted Into County Hall Of Fame

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Sandy Sulzycki, a longtime member of the sports staff at the Connecticut Post, has been named the 2014 Bill Gonillo Local Media Award winner.

Sulzycki will be honored at the 10th anniversary SportsNight dinner at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct 20, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. The dinner also features the induction of the newest members of the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame.

When News 12 Sports Director Bill Gonillo died suddenly at the age of 44 in September 2008, the Fairfield County sports community lost one of its greatest treasures. To recognize the outstanding job he had done for 12 years at News 12, the Fairfield County Sports Commission created an annual award in his name.

The Fairfield County Sports Commission recognizes members of the media who emulate Gonillo's passion for local sports, and provide a supportive voice for the sports community in the county.

He was respected throughout the state of Connecticut and the press box at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard is named in his honor.

Past winners of the Bill Gonillo Memorial Award include Tom Renner of The Daily Voice, Chris Elsberry of the Connecticut Post and Bob Ehalt of the New Haven Register. The Gonillo Award is considered the most prestigious sports writing award in Fairfield County.

Sulzycki is in his 43rd year working for the Bridgeport newspapers, first at the Bridgeport Post/Telegram and now the Connecticut Post. He has kept the county's sports history alive through his weekly nostalgia column “The Week That Was” for close to 35 years. The column highlights some of the top games, athletes and teams from the past six decades.

He also periodically writes a “Where Are They Now” feature and posts photos of old teams or groups in a “Those Were The Days” section.

Sulzycki, who lives in Milford, has also been a voting member of the commission's committees to select its Hall of Famers.

The award is co-sponsored by Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University.

The Fairfield County Sports Commission Inc. is a charitable and educational organization that promotes fitness, an active healthy lifestyle and personal development through sports.

For information on the dinner, visit the commission's website here .

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