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Danbury PAL to honor Mark and Nancy Cammisa

Danbury’s Mark and Nancy Cammisa, long-time volunteers with the Danbury PAL wrestling program.

Danbury’s Mark and Nancy Cammisa will be recognized and honored at the Danbury Police Athletic League’s third annual Spotlight Breakfast on Friday, April 21.

Mark and Nancy Cammisa have been volunteering to support the Danbury PAL wrestling program for more than two decades. They will be honored along with Joyce Robbins and Joann Tatarzycki of Danbury PAL Cheer program. As part of the breakfast, each honoree will be inducted into the Danbury PAL Hall of Fame.

Since 2000, Mark & Nancy Cammisa have coached, mentored and supported the program in every way. Mark thrived as a head coach while Nancy was known as the “team mom”. Mark currently serves on the Danbury Youth Wrestling Association as a board member and is the treasurer and board member for USA Wrestling Connecticut.

Nancy has been elected to the Danbury City council four times as the 7th Ward councilperson. She also serves as treasurer and board member for Danbury Youth Wrestling Association as well as Board Secretary for USA Wrestling Connecticut.

They now serve as advisors for the coaches and administrators and both are still involved in organizing and running many wrestling tournaments at PAL. The Cammisas have also been huge donors of the PAL in terms of volunteering and philanthropy.

“Mark & Nancy Cammisa have been true to the PAL in every way. Their commitment and generosity have allowed several PAL programs to thrive,” said. Vince Jackson, executive director of Danbury PAL.

The Cheer program began in 2004 as a middle school competition team when Danbury middle schools discontinued its sports programs. The program has become highly successful and in turn, the Danbury High School Cheer program has enjoyed success due to the PAL program becoming a feeder program.

The Danbury PAL Spotlight Breakfast began in 2019 to spotlight awardees who have worked endlessly to make our organization what it is today.

The inaugural breakfast was held in 2019 where Danbury coaching royalty Bob Guerrera and Reggie Moore were awardees. The event was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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