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 2019 Larry McHugh Distinguished
Service Award presented to Bill O’Brien
during Super 100 Pre-Game Ceremonies
The Larry McHugh Distinguished Service Award epitomizes everything about whom this award was named. Through his drive, determination, unselfishness and tireless efforts he has made high school football in Connecticut stronger.
This honor is presented to someone who, with these same characteristics, has worked towards the betterment and success of high school football in this state. It is awarded to an individual, company, school, etc., who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the sport and those involved, and will be presented each year at the pre-game luncheon of the Senior All-Star Football Game.
The sixth recipient of the Larry McHugh Distinguished Service Award for High School Football is Bill O’Brien. The honor was presented during the pre-game ceremonies at the Super 100 All-Star Football Game on Saturday, June 29 at Veterans Stadium, Willow Brook Park, New Britain.
Bill O’Brien was a banking professional with 42 years in commercial banking. He achieved rank of senior vice president and retired in 2005. Bill graduated from Quinnipiac University in 1962 with BS degree. He also attended banking schools at Williams College, University of Oklahoma, University of New Hampshire and the University of Colo-
rado.
O’Brien has been a National Football Foundation member since
1987. He was elected chapter president in 1992. His activities include annual Scholar Athlete Dinner and past chairman of the Hall of Fame Clas- sic All Star game between graduated seniors of the New Haven County Chapter and the Fairfield County Chapter each July. He was elected to the National Board of
  Directors of the National Football Foundation in Dallas, Texas in 2012.
Bill has been a Walter Camp Football Foundation member since 1973. He served as president from 1979-1981 and has been an active member ever
since.
He has been a New Haven Road Race board member since 1981 and
served a two year term as president from 1989-1991. The race includes the 20k national championship, a half marathon, 5k race and children’s race with more than 6,000 runners in all races.
Bill has served as commissioner of the Southern Connecticut Conference from the time it was formed in 1994 until 2005. Twenty-three high schools are in the conference. He now serves as commissioner emeritis responsible for fund raising through sponsorships for academic, artistic and athletic activities.
Bill is also on the Branford Economic Development Commission; the CT Campaign Chair of the Greater New Haven United Way; regional chair of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal; the Branford Board of Recreation; campaign chair of Notre Dame High School $2 million capital campaign; chairman of St. Patrick’s Day parade; President of the Branford Festival; Board of Directors of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and Quinnipiac University Board of Trustees.
Bill has received the National Football Foundation Chapter Leadership Award; the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance Gold Key Award; the Yale University Elm Ivy Award; and the Connecticut Association of Athletic Directors Distinguished Service Award. He was selected the Community Hero Torchbear- er for the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay. He also received the Anti-Defamation League World of Difference Award; the New Haven Register 2002 Sportsper- son of the Year (First Recipient); the Department of Connecticut American Legion Americanism Award; was the Grand Marshall of New Haven St. Pat- rick’s Day Parade; received the Quinnipiac University Distinguished Service Award and Sporting Goods Manufacturers’ Hero Award.
BILL O’BRIEN
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