Mayor of Rocky Hill Todd Cusano to Accept Award

NEW YORK, December 2, 2003 at 5 p.m. - Rocky Hill has been selected as the Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Sportstown for the state of Connecticut, as announced today by Sports Illustrated and the National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA).

Mayor of Rocky Hill, Todd Cusano, will formally accept the award on behalf of the Town of Rocky Hill on Tuesday, December 2 at 5 p.m. at McVicar Field at Rocky Hill High School. Assistant Managing Editor, Craig Neff, who is overseeing SI's 50th Anniversary coverage, will present the award on behalf of the magazine. NRPA representative Wendy Rubin will present on that organization's behalf.

Fifty Sports Illustrated Sportstowns - one from each state - will be announced from July 2003 to July 2004. Both Sports Illustrated and the National Recreation & Park Association will make the selections based on a variety of criteria that demonstrates a community's involvement in facilitating and enhancing quality sports. Communities are judged in the following categories: philosophy, policy/procedures, education and training strategies, youth development strategies, community commitment to parks and recreation resources, innovations for community development, and scope of the programming.

Each Sportstown recipient will be honored with a cash grant, recognition in Sports Illustrated magazine and online at and a special commemorative road sign that recognizes the community as an official Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Sportstown.

Connecticut will be the 25th state profiled in a special editorial section in SI and is the 22nd to receive a Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Sportstown designation. The special Connecticut section will appear in the January 12 issue, which begins hitting newsstands on Wednesday, January 7.

"The Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Sportstown program brings to life the notion that sports are an enormous force for good in our country," says SI President Bruce Hallett. "Rocky Hill's commitment to finding creative and resourceful ways to enhance sports for the well being of its community fits perfectly with the principles of our Sportstown program as well as the overall mission of our anniversary celebration."

The Rocky Hill Parks & Recreation has enhanced their community by providing a diverse and comprehensive recreation and sports program for residents of all ages, gender and skill level.