Jake Zimmermann Receives The Kevin Collis Award
- Name: Jake Zimmermann
- School or league: Caldwells Athletic Club and JCHS
- Award: The Kevin Collis Award
It has been a little over 18 years since this community tragically lost a young man named Kevin Collis. Kevin was a senior student-athlete at James Caldwell High School class of 1993. He was on his way home from a Jr. Chief’s football game at Fairfield’s Hollywood Park when he was involved in a car accident. Kevin succumbed to his injuries six weeks later.
The Caldwells Athletic Club, as well as JCHS, honor a player each year with The Kevin Collis Award. A summation of his character and the inscription engraved on the CAC plaque given to an eighth grader is, “The Kevin Collis award presented to…an athlete who exemplifies a Junior Chief with Hard Work, Positive Attitude, Dedication to the Game and Service to His Friends and Community”.
On Jan. 14, the Jr. Chiefs held their annual A-Team Football & Cheerleading Dinner and presented The Kevin Collis Award to Jake Zimmermann, an eighth grader at Grover Cleveland Middle School. Jake was awarded the honor by his coaches, Danny Roselle, Joe Galioto, Joe Dolce, Mike Docteroff and Steve Puzzo.
Congratulations Jake. Thank you for carrying on the honorable standards that made Kevin such a memorable person. Anyone who knew Kevin is reminded what a special young man he was and for those, like myself, who did not know him get insight into his character each year through the recipient of this award.
– Mike Valenti