May 7, 2009
FAIRFIELD, Conn - Four memebers of the Sacred Heart football team received recognition at the 17th annual Sacred Heart All-Sports & Senior Awards Banquet on Monday night. Juniors Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA), Mark Uyeno (Setauket, NY), Andrew Kaleta (Utica, NY), senior Ryan Arroyo (Roebling, NJ) and freshman Garry Coles (Southington, CT) received awards given out by they athletic department.
Uyeno was one of this year's recipients of the Coca-Cola Community All-American Award. A relentless worker on and off the field, he has impressed his coaches with his positive attitude and work with kids of all ages. He has been an influential mentor for Sunshine Kids, an organization in which children with parents who are afflicted with a life threatening disease come to campus each week. He has brought great programmatic ideas and energy to the Sunshine Kids and has become a true role model to the children he has worked with.
Receiving one of this year's "Unsung Hero" awards was Kaleta. A invaluable member of the Pioneers, he earned the admiration and respect of his teammates and coaches alike for his positive outlook and energy each day. As a sophomore, he was diagnosed with a form of cancer known as Hodgkins Lymphoma. He was forced to miss an entire year of school and lost more than fifty pounds due to his radiation treatments. He returned to school and has been a tireless worker for the Pioneers as well as serving in the community through his work with local Read A Loud programs and clothing drives. According to his coaches, he has emerged as one of its most influential leaders within the program.
Coles made a rookie splash during the fall and was awarded a spot on the Pioneer All-Rookie team as well as being named the Student-Athlete Advisory Council Rookie of the Year. Coles was the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week on two occasions and was named by its coaches to the All-NEC First Team as a return specialist.
Tedesco joined Coles in being honored by the SAAC, taking home the Male Athlete of the Year award. Tedesco was named to the All-NEC first team this past fall after leading the Pioneers in receiving and helping the team to an 8-3 record. He is also a member of the SHU baseball team.