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Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists' Comeback Player Scholarship Winners Announced

SCC Corporate Sponsor Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists Awards “Comeback Player” Scholarships

Katie Winkle (Sacred Heart Academy) and Jack Singleton (Guilford) recognized

Hamden, CT -- Two senior student athletes – Katie Winkle (Sacred Heart Academy) and Jack Singleton (Guilford HS) – are the initial recipients of the Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists’ “Comeback Player of the Year” scholarship award. Both students will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used for their college education.


A corporate sponsor of the Southern Connecticut Conference (SCC), Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists P.C. (COS) offered a Comeback Player of the Year Scholarship for one male and one female athlete who participated in an interscholastic sport during the 2010/2011 season, and showed great leadership both on an off the field after their severe injury. Coaches and school’s athletic directors nominated these student-athletes after they each suffered an unfortunate injury that prohibited them from play during their high school careers.

Upon returning to their team, each showed great leadership and positive attitude, which lead them to be viewed as strong role models by their teammates.

“Our goal was to acknowledge those student athletes that have overcome the challenges of an injury and through hard work and determination became positive role models for their fellow teammates.” explained Glenn Elia, Chief Executive Officer of COS.  “Most athletes win scholarships based on their athletic ability. Our criteria focused on strength of character, perseverance and leadership. If you ask their coaches and teammates, you will hear great stories about Katie and Jack, how each rose above pain and showed courage and a positive outlook that contributed to their teams winning seasons. These athletes are wonderful examples of Comeback Players and we look forward to offering this scholarship to many more athletes in the years to come."

“Many thanks to the doctors and staff at Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists for their support of the SCC and for creating this scholarship,” explained SCC Commissioner Al Carbone. “Our league has many outstanding student-athletes who excel in the classroom and on the field, but we are delighted that two exceptional young people in Katie Winkle and Jack Singleton can be recognized for their wonderful stories of perseverance and courageousness.”


Kate Winkle, Sacred Heart Academy – softball

A standout softball player, Katie Winkle was diagnosed with Acute Myleyongeous Leukemia in the June of 2006 and has battled the disease ever since. She had chemotherapy and AVN (Avascular Necrosis) in her shoulder and needed surgery to restore circulation.

Her perseverance and enthusiasm allowed her to return to the Pacers’ softball squad and has been a standout pitcher who has earned SCC All-Quinnipiac Division honors in each of the last two years.


Sacred Heart Academy softball coach Ray Ramelli said, “I have never coached anyone with such as positive approach to life. Katie is an exceptional example for all of us to follow.

A high honor student with a 4.11 grade point average, Katie will attend Quinnipiac University in the fall.


Jack Singleton, Guilford – football

Jack was a member of the Indians’ football squad and endured double hip surgery following his junior season. Told he would be unable to compete during his senior year, Jack battled back and played every single game as a starting inside linebacker and was responsible for making the team’s defensive calls for each play. His leadership, effort and desire were evident and he pushed through the pain to play and practice every week.

Guilford head football coach Tom Unger nominated Jack for the honor and said, “Jack practiced every day because he knew it wouldn’t set a good example for his teammates if he missed practice time and then played in games on Friday nights. He never used his hips as an excuse. In a world where average is celebrated and participation is the goal.  Jack was able to break away from the mold and strived to be exceptional no matter what he was told.”

Also a standout student, Jack takes advanced placement classes and will attend Holy Cross this fall.



Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists was established in 1964 for the purpose of providing the highest quality of orthopedic care to the greater New Haven County area, surrounding areas, and beyond. Its board certified surgeons are all fellowship-trained in every orthopaedic subspecialty, including the areas of sports medicine, adult reconstructive, arthroscopic surgery, hand, foot/ankle, spine, trauma and general orthopedics. Our seven offices are all based throughout the New Haven County area, as well as our own surgical center, 2 MRI centers, 6 in-house physical therapy centers and our new OrthoNOW walk-in centers.



The 2010-11 academic year marks the 17th year of existence for the Southern Connecticut Conference. The SCC is comprised of 22 high schools with over 23,000 students representing 16 communities. Recognized as one of the best athletic conferences in the state, the SCC also has a great tradition of offering first-rate non-athletic programs and events that enrich the overall high school experience of our young people to help them become responsible students, athletes and citizens. For more information on the SCC, visit


Left to right: George Bedocs, Sacred Heart Academy athletic director; Katie Winkle; Dr. Richard Diana, COS; Bill O'Brien, SCC Commissioner Emeritus


Left to right: Chip Dorwin, Guilford athletic director; Tom Unger, Guilford head football coach; Jack Singleton, Dr. Pat Ruwe, COS; Bill O'Brien, SCC Commissioner Emeritus

Media Links

New Haven Register: Winkle, Singleton Win SCC Comeback Player of the Year

Amity Observer: Kate Winkle Comeback Player of the year - by Bill Bloxsom

Milford/Orange Bulletin: Orange's Winkle Wins SCC Comeback Player of the Year

Shore Line Times: Guilford's Singleton Recipient of SCC Comeback Player Scholarship

CT Post Chronicle:  Katie Winkle Wins SCC Comeback Player Award

Orange Town News:  Winkle Awarded Comeback Player Scholarship

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