Dear Athletic Directors, Coaches, Guidance Counselors, Parents:
The Hillsborough Chapter of UNICO National is pleased to announce we are accepting applications for the Brian Piccolo Award for 2021. UNICO is the largest Italian-American service organization in the United States. We encourage you to visit our National website at www.unico.org . The award is given annually throughout the country to high school student athletes of Italian-American heritage who exhibit the qualities modeled by Brian Piccolo in his life and career (courage, friendship, loyalty, teamwork, dedication, sense of humor and anti-bias). We are offering a scholarship as an incentive for young Italian-American student athletes who aspire to greater achievements by pursuing higher education.
The criteria for our scholarship are as follows:
• Graduating high school student athlete
• Athletic Achievement
• Academic Achievement
• Community Service
• At least one parent/grandparent of Italian heritage
The student who successfully receives this award will also be given an engraved plaque and a $1,000.00 scholarship from the Hillsborough Chapter of UNICO.
Due to the pandemic, the scholarship recognition and award will be done at our June outdoor meeting, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, June 23rd at 6:30pm. Attendance to the event will be required by the student and at least one parent or guardian.
Please encourage your graduating student athletes, who qualify, to apply for our scholarship by downloading the application below. Completed applications must be returned no later than Friday, April 16, 2021.
Thank you for your participation and we look forward to a continued partnership with our school athletic departments.
Brian Piccolo Award Committee, Hillsborough UNICO Chapter
Massimo Sasso has been bestowed the Brian Piccolo Award for 2020 by the Hillsborough Chapter of UNICO National. The award is given to high school student athletes of Italian-American heritage who exhibit the qualities modeled by Brian Piccolo in his life and career (courage, friendship, loyalty, teamwork, dedication, sense of humor, and anti-bias.
Massimo has played Hillsborough High School Soccer all four years as a defender and goalie, with 2020 earning him the Mayoral Proclamation for Outstanding Season.
Besides the high school team, he has played Recreation Soccer and Basketball, and CYO Basketball. His sportsmanship and maturity carried over to his volunteer choices with Bridgeway Nursing Home, Gigi’s Playhouse, Red Bulls’ K-2 Soccer Team training, and th Special Olympics. Massimo has been a volunteer at the Township Food Pantry creating a fundraiser, as well as collecting, sorting, and distributing items. He has done all this while still maintaining an impressive Grade Point Average.
The UNICO Hillsborough Chapter congratulates Massimo as he pursues his career as a teacher and continues coaching soccer and basketball. Along with the Piccolo Award Plaque, Massimo will be given a $1000 scholarship for his continued education.