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City Of Stratford Honors Sherrod

Brandon Sherrod receives Sterling Spirit Award from Stratford Mayor John Harkins
Brandon Sherrod receives Sterling Spirit Award from Stratford Mayor John Harkins

Receives Award; May 3 Proclaimed Brandon Sherrod Day

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Brandon Sherrod had a special day in the town he went to high school in on May 3. Sherrod, a 2010 graduate of Stratford High School, which is 15 miles from New Haven, was the recipient of the 2016 Sterling Spirit Award during the Sterling House Celebrity Breakfast at the Trumbull Marriot.

In addition, Stratford Mayor John Harkins proclaimed May 3 "Brandon Sherrod Day" in the city.

The Sterling Spirit Award is presented for outstanding contribution to the positive spirit of sports in Connecticut.

Sherrod, the 2010 Gatorade Connecticut High School Player of the Year, won two state championships as a member of the Stratford High boys' basketball team. He also was active in the community, working with HYPE (How Youth Positively Entertain), a service group that affected change in the town.

"The award means a lot," Sherrod said. "Some of my fondest athletic memories are in Stratford and many of my best friends attended school with me there. To have this sort of recognition and to be honored by such renowned members of the Stratford community is special. I'll always have a home there."

Sherrod, who returned to the Bulldogs this year after spending a year singing with the famous a cappella Whiffenpoofs, helped lead Yale to the 2016 Ivy League championship and the school's first NCAA Tournament win, a victory over Baylor in the first round.

Sherrod, a first team All-Ivy selection, also set an NCAA record by making 30 consecutive field goals.

He was joined at the ceremony by his parents Rick and Cassandra Sherrod along with his younger sister Chynna.

Stratford High's boys a cappella group sang an arrangement of the school's alma mater that Brandon created during his senior year.

Dwight "Doc" Gooden, an all-star pitcher for the Mets and Yankees, was the keynote speaker for the annual event.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity