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Stamford Football Coach Nominated For National Award

Stamford's Shawn Foster has been nominated for a national football coaching award. Photo Credit: Contributed
New Canaan coach Tom Sanseverino was also nominated for the award. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Football coaches from Stamford and New Canaan were nominated for the inaugural Dove Men+Care Deodorant “Caring Coach of the Year Award.”

Stamford's Shawn Foster and New Canaan's Tom Sanseverino have been nominated for the award, which seeks to honor coaches whose mentorship fosters a caring environment for both players and fans.

Foster is the head coach of the freshman football team at Westhill High School and has coached youth football for six years. The father of four is a lifelong Connecticut resident and played at Stamford High and Central Connecticut State University.

“Football inspired me as a kid because it was like a family and it gave me a sense of purpose,’’ Foster said.

Sanseverino grew up in Stamford and attended the University of Dayton. He is now assistant football coach for a fifth grade New Canaan team in the Fairfield County Football League and has been coaching for the past three years.

“If you are not a coach, try it, the satisfaction you get – whether you are a parent or not, is unlike anything else,’’ Sanseverino said.

The award is part of Dove Men+Care Deodorant’s “Care Always Wins” campaign, which is run in conjunction with Stanford University head football coach David Shaw and the College Football Hall of Fame.

People can nominate coaches who have made a difference in their lives, and within their local community. Submissions for the “Caring Coach of the Year” award should communicate in 250 words how the coach demonstrates passion, teaches character, shows determination, communicates with respect and supports players with encouragement.  Coaches can be nominated online .

The winners and nominators will receive a trip to Atlanta, where the coaches will be honored by the College Football Hall of Fame, and funding to continue to care for and support their local football programs. The coaches will also be honored in a Dove Men+Care ad in the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year issue.

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