The Fairfield County Sports Commission announced today that Danielle Kemp, a Milford resident and member of the Stratford Brakettes, is the 2016 Chelsea Cohen Courage Award winner.
The 19-year-old Foran High graduate was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.
Kemp will be honored at the Commission’s 12th annual Sports Night awards dinner Monday, Oct. 17, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich at 6 p.m. The 2016 Courage Award is sponsored for the first time this year by NBC Sports Champions, the pro-social initiative of NBC Sports Group.
The Fairfield County Sports Commission created the Chelsea Cohen Courage Award in 2006. It is named after the late Chelsea Cohen, a former Norwalk High soccer star who was the Commission’s first Courage Award recipient and passed away in 2006 after a courageous bout with a rare form of cancer of the nervous system.
The award recognizes the person in the sports community who has shown inspirational strength in battling life-altering obstacles.
Kemp, who this spring completed her freshman season with Stony Brook University’s women’s softball team, was a standout catcher and shortstop at Foran and in her first year with the legendary Brakettes.
She is currently undergoing treatment at Yale-New Haven Hospital for the rare cancerous tumor in the pons region of her brain. During her high school career as a three-sport athlete, Kemp overcame kidney disease, which has since gone into remission.
The Kemp family has a GoFundMe page (www.gofundme.com/2hc4x85g) to help defray the major expenses associated with Danielle’s treatment, which may include new clinical trials.
Past Courage Award winners are:
2015-Giacomo Brancato, cancer survivor and two-sport athlete at Fairfield’s Warde High
2014-Nicole Graham, cancer survivor and two-sport standout at Greenwich High
2013-Amy Dixon, blind para-triathlete from Greenwich2012-Paul Gorham, Sacred Heart University football coach
2011- SOC (SEAL) Brian R. Bill, United States Navy, Stamford native who was killed in action in Afghanistan
2010 – Ken Green, Danbury native and pro golfer who lost his leg in a car accident
2009 – James Hilaire, Stamford resident and Univ. of New Haven soccer goalie who suffered a major head injury
2008 – Mike Myers-Keitt, Fairfield Prep and Monmouth University basketball player
2007 – John Tartaglio, Para-athlete from Milford who was a Fairfield University student
2006- Jason Maiella, baseball player at Sacred Heart who was the first recipient under Cohen’s name in 2006.