Nomination Window Open for 2021 C Club Awards

The Colby C Club is currently accepting nominations for the 2021 C Club awards to be presented during Homecoming Weekend in the fall. The C Club is an organization of alumni, parents, and friends who have been supporting Colby Athletics for more than 100 years. The group’s mission is to provide opportunities to show support for Colby and its athletics programs. Annually, the C Club recognizes alumni and friends with two prestigious awards, the C Club Person of the Year and the Carl Nelson Sports Achievement Award.

The nomination form for both prestigious awards can be found on the C Club website. Submissions will be accepted through March 31, 2021. 

Past winners of both the C Club Person of the Year and Carl Nelson Sports Achievement Award represent a cross section of Colby athletes, friends, and supporters. These award recipients have distinguished themselves through their dedication and support of Colby and Colby Athletics or in their chosen profession in the sports world.

“It is in this tradition that the executive committee of the C Club embarks on an exhaustive review of candidates to ultimately select awardees who embody the spirit of the respective awards and uphold the ideals, values, and mission of Colby and Colby Athletics,” said C Club Chair Rick Angeli ’88, P’22.

The C Club Person of the Year award is presented to a member (or members) of the Colby family, not necessarily alumni, who have shown dedication and support to Colby Athletics through their continued service to the College. Past winners include Trustee Emeritus Sandy Buck ’78 (2019), Trustee Emerita Anne O’Hanian Szostak ’72 and Michael Szostak ’72 (2020), and Trustee Jack O’Neil ‘77 (2018).

“Being recognized as the C Club Person of the Year in 2018 was an incredible and humbling honor,” said Trustee Jack O’Neil ’77. “My Colby experience, specifically my Colby athletic experience, created a personal foundation that prepared me for each and every life challenge. I look forward to continuing to support current and future Colby student athletes to provide them with a similar opportunity.”

The Carl Nelson Sports Achievement Award was first presented in 1988 to longtime Colby athletic trainer Carl Nelson. It honors a Colby alumna/us who has achieved noteworthy career success in athletics or a related field. Past winners include legendary coaches John Winkin and Jack Kelley P’79 (1992 and 1996), former general manager of USA Hockey Reagan Carey ’01 (2010), and general manager of the Baltimore Ravens Eric DeCosta ’93 (2017). This past fall the award was given to Brian O’Halloran ’93, the general manager of the Boston Red Sox. 

Sandy Buck ’78 accepting the C Club Person of the Year award at the 2019 C Club awards dinner.