Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, February 17, 2018

st bridgetGrant webThe St. Bridget School girls basketball team helped the school win a sportsmanship grant.

HARTFORD – St. Bridget School in Cheshire is one of five institutions or groups, and the only Catholic school in the country, to receive a $2,500 grant from the Liberty Mutual Play Positive Program.

St. Bridget students competed against schools and athletic organizations from across the nation.

They rallied supporters to pledge to promote good sportsmanship. They distributed traditional flyers in the church bulletin and around school, used email marketing software and posted their message on Facebook to family and friends.  

At the end of the pledge period, they and four other groups had collected more pledges in their division than the competition.

The school will use the grant to purchase uniforms for its after-school sports programs as well as and necessary equipment, including a storage shed that will be located on the ballfield.

“The fact that it was a national contest and we are a small Catholic school really shows how a community can pull together for a great cause,” said Vivian Ciampi, St. Bridget’s team administrator.

Father Jeffrey V. Romans, parish pastor, said an anonymous benefactor in the parish has matched the grant, giving the school an additional $2,500.

“To have a group of enthusiastic students who set a goal for themselves and succeed is rewarding in and of itself. When you couple that enthusiasm with the generosity of this benefactor, that’s a true blessing for our school family,” said Father Romans, who added that the students are grateful to Liberty Mutual and the benefactor.

The Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive program is committed to promoting good sportsmanship in youth sports so that kids have the fun and a positive experience in athletics.