The New Britain Sports Hall of Fame Committee will induct 7 new members into the New Britain Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 26 at the Generale Ameglio Society Ballroom, 13 Beaver St. A social hour shall begin at 6 p.m. followed by a family style dinner to be served at 7 p.m. Tickets for the New Britain Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner may be purchased for a donation of $35 per person. Requests for dinner tickets with remittance may also be made to: New Britain Sports Hall of Fame Committee, P.O. Box 26, New Britain CT 06050.
The following are the inductees:
Donald G. Bates (Posthumous)
Donald G. Bates was a graduate of New Britain High School where he participated in football and golf. Don continued his education and golf career at Middlebury College where he was the Vermont intercollegiate golf champion in 1946, 1948 and 1949. Don continued his education at Trinity College and Wesleyan University. Don moved to Berlin Connecticut in 1951 where he continued his teaching career until retirement. Don was the varsity golf coach at Berlin High School from 1954 to 1992.
Joan F. Belmore
Upon her graduation from the University of New Hampshire in 1952 Joan immediately began her teaching career at New Britain High School where she taught physical education and directed a comprehensive intramural program. Joan joined the Peace Corps in 1966 serving on the island of Dominica for two years. Joan returned to New Britain High School in 1968 where she continued her teaching career and remained until retiring in 2000.
Joseph A. Falconeri
Joe’s interest in sports began at an early age when he played for the St. Mary’s basketball team. Joe’s sports career spanned 60 years between 1934 and 1994. During that time Joe played basketball, baseball and coached youth basketball. In his later years Joe umpired baseball. Joe played with various New Britain fast pitch softball teams. Joe was inducted into the Connecticut American Softball Association Umpiring Hall of Fame.
Steve Gregoreczyk (Posthumous)
Steve graduated from New Britain High School in 1963 where he played football and baseball. Steve was co-captain of the Hurricane football and baseball teams in his senior year. Steve pitched a no-hitter in his senior year. Steve played football at Central Connecticut State College in 1964. Steve joined the US Marine Corps and received two Purple Hearts for his service in Viet Nam. Steve is survived by his wife and two sons.
John H. Karbonic (Posthumous)
John graduated from New Britain High School in 1937. John is best known for his affiliation with the New Britain Boy’s Club. In 1949 John was appointed physical director at the Boy’s Club. In 1958 the Boy’s Club of America acknowledged John’s outstanding service by appointing him to the Boy’s Club of America Program Committee for Health and Physical Education. John retired in 1983. John was a WWII veteran who received a Purple Heart for his service.
Thomas J. Mcgrath
Tom graduated from New Britain High School in 1962 where he was awarded both the Burns Memorial and Connelly Awards. Tom captained both the football and baseball teams in his senior year. Tom continued his education at Central Connecticut State University where he was a four year starter in both football and baseball. Tom received a Masters Degree in Education at North Adams State College. Tom taught physical education at Drury High School for 36 years. During this time Tom also served as Athletic Director and head baseball coach.
Dana attended Thomas Jefferson Elementary school and Washington Junior High School before attending New Britain High School where he graduated in 1977. Dana was a standout halfback on several successful Hurricane football teams between1974 – 1976. Dana was named an “All CDC’ selection in both 1975 and 1976. In 1976 Dana was named a “High School All American”. Dana was named to the “All State” team in 1976.