John F. Kennedy High School: My Site News
CALLING ALL friends, family, fans and alumni of Kennedy, Croft and Leavenworth High Schools! The Kennedy Eagles Football program invites you to join the 2018 Eagles Endzone Club, the organization that provides support for the Kennedy Eagles Football team.
All who join the Eagles Endzone Club will have their names entered as part of the Honor Roll in our Varsity Gameday program. They will receive a certificate of membership, 2 free passes to any EAGLES' home game at Municipal Stadium and the necessary documentation for their tax records.
Members from the business community will have their sponsorship information placed in the Varsity Gameday program and their business advertisement will also be highlighted on the Sponsors' page of our website. This allows our sponsors to reach out to those from the Naugatuck Valley region who attend our games and who visit our website.
What better way to honor the glory of our past, recognize the players of today and ensure the success of our future? Spread the word to family and friends who have attended or played football for Kennedy, Croft, or Leavenworth High Schools, and to anyone who is a fan of the great game of football.
Please feel free to contact Varsity Head Coach, Chris Sarlo at 203.574.8150, or email@example.com. Thank you for your consideration.
Friday, April 26
Dariel 'Rudy' Perez 1992-2013
I am not sure exactly what I want to write in this post so it may ramble on, but I ask for your patience. Today, a former player visited Kennedy to inform me and others that Dariel Perez passed away on Tuesday. He died as the result of a one car accident late Sunday night. I don't know any more details about his death, but I would like to share more about his life.
Everyone in the football program knew Dariel as 'Rudy'. It was such a fitting name for him too. He played for our program from 2007-2010 and he graduated with the class of 2011. He served as a team captain his senior year and earned All City Defense honors for the 2010 Varsity season.
The best way to describe 'Rudy' as a player will sound cliche, but he always gave 110 percent! When guys were dragging a bit in practice or down in a game, he always kept moving at top speed. He was never an all state caliber player, but 'Rudy' was ALL HEART! I never coached anyone with more courage and mental strength than 'Rudy'. His performance on the practice and playing field was so inspirational that I named an end of the year award in his honor. Each year since 'Rudy' graduated, we have awarded the player with the most heart who NEVER quits with the Dariel Perez 'Rudy' Award. We will continue to do so for as long as I am the Head Coach, but sadly now it is a memorial award.
The photo that I have attached with this post gives the ideal image of 'Rudy'. As a sophomore, he was one of only a few 10th graders who suited up and played in the 2008 NVL Football Championship game. Take a close look at his helmet. Anyone who knows the game of football recognizes that this kid played hard and you can tell that by the 'war paint' on his helmet. 'Rudy' worked just as hard off the field as well. He was always in the weight room trying to increase his strength and serving as the model for other players throughout the off-season.
Even more important than his football contributions, were his contributions to the Kennedy school community. He got along with everyone. He made everyone around him a better person. He was a hard working student who always took the time to help others. I had him as a student in class and I witnessed the same level of commitment and hard work. The Kennedy community, the city of Waterbury, this state, this nation and the world, lost a great young man.
I think that I can speak for all of my staff, his former teammates and even the current players in the program when I say that 'Rudy' will be missed. #8 will always hold a special place in our hearts. We offer our condolences to his family and we want to thank them for allowing us the opportunity to spend time and share life with their wonderful son.
Coach Christopher Sarlo