In the 1980’s the boxing scene in Hartford was a vibrant one. But as three of the four gyms in town had closed by the early 1990s, a void was created. In 1992, the San Juan Center opened (now called the Bright Futures Youth Center) and today is the city’s longest running boxing gym. Within the last few years, two other gyms have opened (with a third on the way), giving Hartford boxing enthusiasts new hope for a boxing renaissance in Connecticut’s capital.
Hartford native John “Iceman” Scully was a successful light heavyweight in the 1990’s. Today, Scully trains aspiring fighters at Bright Futures. “A boxing gym is like a park,” says Scully, “it’s a place for everyone.” Serious fighters can be found in the boxing gym; You have those who are there to get into shape. Others are motivated by not getting beat up in the street. Even little kids, who might be too small for other sports, can be found training.”You never know who could be [working out at] the bag next to you,” says Scully, “could be a kid, could be a two-time champion.”
Hundreds gathered at the Capital Thursday afternoon to rally for expansion of charter school access for Connecticut students. Two new charter schools (set to open in September) in Stamford and Bridgeport are in danger of not opening and expansion of existing schools is also not guaranteed. Turnout was impressive at that Capitol as the voice of the charter school movement was heard.
Hartford, CT – 5/07/15 – A rally to save two new Connecticut charter schools that may not open in the fall, takes place on the steps of the Capitol Thursday afternoon. Here, Booker T. Washington Academy (New Haven) first graders embrace. Clockwise from center: Nasir Christie, Coi Bell and David Johnson. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN email@example.com
After months of performance on the road and competition on the television show “American Idol,” Nick Fradiani returned to his native Guilford Friday. The show of support was overwhelming even to Nick, who is now a finalist on the hit show. Nick received a hero’s welcome at his alma mater Guilford High School, playing a song in the same gymnasium that he played high school basketball. From there, Fradiani went to Bishop’s Orchard, where he scooped a new flavor of ice cream, “Fradiani Frenzy.” Lastly, a parade guided Fradiani to the Guilford Town Green where he gave a performance to thousands.
The 34th annual Connecticut State Latin Day was held Friday at the Holiday Hill resort in Prospect. Latin students, most clad in togas, from 52 middle and high schools from across the state took part in the day-long event that included activities that reflected ancient Greek and Roman culture. Students competed in academic competitions in grammar, history, mythology, and geography, and took part in workshops like sculpting, fresco, Roman coins, calligraphy and Greek dancing. There were also athletic games and competitions including tug-of-war, discus (Frisbee) and a decimated marathon of 2.6 miles. Students were able to rotate through various games like volleyball, bocce and badminton throughout the day.
The day concluded with chariot races with chariots built by the students. The annual event is run by the Classical Association of Connecticut, a state-wide organization for Latin and Greek teachers and professors. “We do Latin Day to let people know that Latin is alive and well,” said Amy White, chairperson of the event and a Latin teacher at Ellington High School. The theme of this year’s event was “Non semper ea sunt quae videntur” (Things aren’t always what they seem.)
The UConn men’s basketball team has a history of winning at the buzzer. These nail-biting moments turn the volume up to 11 inside the arenas but they also give the sports photographers fits. In Friday’s AAC quarterfinal game against Cincinnati, the choice was easy: focus on Boatright. He nailed a 3 pointer with 0.2 seconds left on the clock. All five players on the floor grabbed their point guard and danced across the court in a giant group hug. Classic. Next match-up is Tulsa in the semi-finals. Can they top this?
The 48th Annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival was held last weekend at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford. The event, which celebrates the Epiphany through music, dancing, pageantry and live animals. The event included a cast, choir and orchestra of more than 250 people, 16th century period costumes and a giant angel puppet created by Hartford artist Anne Cubberly.
After some shaky performances at home to start the season, a January trip to Florida may have been just what the doctor ordered to jumpstart the Huskies’ season. After a slow start in both contests, the UConn men showed guts in grinding out victories in Gainesville against the University of Florida and in Tampa in beating the University of South Florida on Tuesday night.
UConn fans in the student section, who had been cheering wildly seconds before, look stunned as Texas player Jonathan Holmes hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give 7th ranked Texas a shocking 55-54 win Sunday before 10,167 at sold-out Gampel Pavilion. With 2.2 seconds left and the Huskies in the lead, it was all over for Texas and the fans rejoiced. But they would be wrong. A clutch 3-pointer at the horn changed everything.
The photo says it all. Take a close look and feel their pain.
The UConn women got a post-Thanksgiving respite from the chill of New England and traveled to the Sunshine State to steal some rays and some basketballs. After a cool start against the College of Charleston, the Huskies heated up and went on to dominate Vanderbilt and Wisconsin-Green Bay to claim the Gulf Coast Showcase title.
The Stanford Cardinal halted the Husky 47-game win streak in its tracks Monday night in Stanford, California. A masterful defensive effort against Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and a cool night shooting for UConn, dropped the Huskies to 1-1 for the season.
Stanford, CA – 11/17/14 – UConn forward Breanna Stewart (30) is tied up by Stanford forward Kailee Johnson (32) at Roscoe Maples Pavilion Monday night. The Huskies 47-game winning streak was snapped as Stanford bested UConn 88-86 in overtime. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN | firstname.lastname@example.org
An election day that started early and went well into the next morning, gave us many visual moments of intrigue. Here are a few that the Courant photographers captured.