The Orange/West Orange chapter of UNICO, the largest Italian American service organization in the country, will host its 37thAnnual Sports Awards Breakfast on Sunday, February 27that 10 am in the new cafeteria of West Orange High School. The event, which honors “unsung heroes” from local high schools and the community and pays tribute to the late Brian Piccolo, the famed Chicago Bears running back who died of cancer at 26,has raised over $300,000 dollars since its first year.

Among this year’s student honorees include Marc Luluz and Nubia Rodriguez from West Orange High School.

In addition to student athletes, adults from the community are honored with the Ben L. Spinelli award for helping promote the idea of teamwork among the youth of the community. This year, UNICO will recognize Frank “Bo” Ench for his many years of dedicated service to the community.

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“We wanted to honor those individuals that embody the spirit of teamwork and selflessness,” said Ben Spinelli, who was the driving force to start the breakfast and serves as master of ceremonies. “It is a great community event that is looked forward to annually.”

Roman Oben, former New York Giant, will serve as guest speaker at the breakfast.  Past sports celebrity speakers include Wayne Crebet, Carl Banks, Warner Wolf, Lou Lamoriello, Jerry Izenberg, N.J. Gov. Richard J. Codey and most recently, ABC Sports Anchor Dr. Marvel Scott. 

For additional information please contact Rob Parisi, at 973-325-3372 or rdparisi@comcast.net.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at the door.