CLARK, NJ - The Elizabeth Chapter of UNICO selected two Arthur L. Johnson High School student athletes for recognition during its annual Brian Piccolo Awards banquet held at the Gran Centurions on May 6. Named after professional football player Brian Piccolo, the awards recognize excellence in athletics, integrity, and leadership.
Arthur L. Johnson High School Class of 2016 award recipients are:
- Tom Colicchio (baseball, basketball)
- Nicholas DiGeronimo (bowling)
The student athletes, all of Italian-American heritage, were chosen by their coaches for excellence in their sport.
Miranda Hummel, Amanda Johns and Alyssa Vega were also recognized by the Elizabeth chapter of the Italian-American civic organization.
The Clark Chapter of UNICO also recognized ALJ students that same evening.
Brian Piccolo was just 26 years old when he died of an aggressive form of cancer. He played professional football for the Chicago Bears for four years. His short life, career, and friendship with teammate Gale Sayers was the subject of a 1971 made-for-television movie, "Brian’s Song."