On April 12th, more than 375 community friends came out to help the Interval House honor Central Connecticut's Men's Basketball Coach, Howard B. Dickenman for his commitment to Interval House and our Men Make A Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence™ program.
Because of the generosity of John Royce and Thomas Monteque, owners of the beautiful Riverview in Simsbury, this awareness event also raised nearly $20,000. Coach Dickenman said he was "humbled, appreciative and thankful" as he graciously accepted the award presented to him by Senator Blumenthal, co-founder of the men's initiative.
The Champions Award is not given lightly or often. Coach Dickenman is the second man in 35 years to receive it. He was honored as a leader, role model, champion and friend. When speaking of Coach Dickenman's commitment to Interval House, Development Director, Rosemary Padin said "Howie always says YES." She continued with "Interval House gets the W each time he does".
Attorney General George Jepsen, collegiate basketball icons such as Geno Auriemma, Dee Rowe, Bill Detrick, Jim Calhoun, and many more well wishers spoke of the work Coach Dickenman has done with Interval House and in the community. The Breakfast with Champions event was co-chaired by Paul Schlickmann, Eric Daniels and Rich Graziano with Rosemary Padin.
Special thanks to John Royce and Thomas Monteque, owners of the Riverview and their generous staff, Interval House staff and volunteers, especially Robin Kraemer and Terry Alamo, Theresa H. Freeman, Shoreline Audio Visual, CCSU Athletics Department, all the sponsors, and everyone who made the Breakfast with Champions a wonderful event.