Join us at the Mahackeno Outdoor Center on Friday, Oct 6 at 6:30pm for an unforgettable evening with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, a silent auction and more. Proceeds will go to our annual fund to create scholarships and financial assistance, making the Y accessible to all with swim lessons, after school care, and summer camp to those who need it most. Make an impact, support our community and have a great time!
WHAT – Centennial Gala “Sneaker Ball”
WHEN – Friday, October 6, 6:30pm
WHERE – Mahackeno Outdoor Center at the Westport Weston Family YMCA
ATTIRE – Semi-formal eveningwear with your favorite, fab pair of sneakers
MEET OUR HOSTS
Current Westporter Jeremy Schaap is an award-winning journalist, author, host of ESPN’s “E:60” and “Outside the Lines,” and a 1986 Staples High School graduate. He has covered most major sports and sporting events, including the Olympics, FIFA World Cup, the Tour de France, the World Series, the Super Bowl, the Kentucky Derby, and more. But it has been his reporting on sports issues around the world, especially those at the intersection of sports and society at large, focusing on human rights, for which he is perhaps best known.
In 2015, Schaap won the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Award for reporting on human rights and social justice issues, a first for ESPN. He has also won two national Edward R. Murrow Awards as well as a Peabody Award, two National Headliner Awards and 13 national Sports Emmy Awards.
Schaap has longstanding relationships with several charitable organizations, including the ALS Association; the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America; and Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey.
Dan Woog has four passions: Westport, writing, soccer and LGBTQ issues. Occasionally, they intersect.
Dan began writing for the Westport News as a Staples High School sophomore. In 2009 he started his “06880” blog. The tagline is “Where Westport meets the world,” and it gets up to 20,000 hits a day. In 2021, “06880” became a non-profit foundation, with a mission to educate and bring the Westport community together. A fulltime freelance writer, Dan has been published in the New York Times and Sports Illustrated. He has also written 17 books.
Dan was the head boys soccer coach at Staples High School from 2003-2021. He was named National Youth Coach of the Year in 1991. He was inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame (2000), and has earned the National Coaches Association’s President’s Award.
Dan was a charter member of TEAM Westport (the town’s diversity group), and a 10-year member of the Youth Commission.
“I’m a lifer here,” he says.
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