Derby/Shelton Rotary Club
Annual High School Football Luncheon
Shelton Won in 2009: 33 - 6
Past President Steve Balog (A former Shelton High player as well) presented Shelton Coach Jeff Roy with the Rotary Trophy following Shelton's 33-6 win at Ryan Field. With this win, Shelton gained permanent possession of the trophy. Rotary will put a new one in play in 2010.
Click here to see John Saccu's inspirational talk
One of the oldest traditions of the Derby/Shelton Rotary Club and the two communities it serves is the annual Thanksgiving Day High School Football Luncheon. The event dates back to at least the late 1930s and has been a holiday fixture for decades. At one time the local Kiwanis Club took the teams to Yankee Stadium to see the Yankees (Yes Yankees - not Giants) for a game and a steak dinner. Over time, the event evolved into a joint luncheon sponsored by both the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs. Since the demise of the local Kiwanis club, the tradition has continued and thrived under the sponsorship of the Derby/Shelton Rotary Club.
In addition to hearing from the coaches and captains of the football, all senior members of the teams, cheerleading squads and pom pom squads were introduced. Each school also brings along a special guest speaker who played for their school and recounts their experiences and current situations.