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Member Of Stratford Brakettes Earns Courage Award From Sports Commission

Danielle Kemp, a member of the Stratford Brakettes softball team, will receive the Chelsea Cohen Courage Award from the Fairfield County Sports Commission at its annual dinner in October.
Danielle Kemp, a member of the Stratford Brakettes softball team, will receive the Chelsea Cohen Courage Award from the Fairfield County Sports Commission at its annual dinner in October. Photo Credit: Contributed

STRATFORD, Conn. -- Danielle Kemp, a member of the Stratford Brakettes, will receive the 2016 Chelsea Cohen Courage Award from the Fairfield County Sports Commission at its annual Sports Night in October.

Kemp, 19, a Milford resident and graduate of Foran High School, was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

Kemp will be honored at the Commission's 12th annual Sports Night awards dinner Monday, Oct. 17 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich at 6 p.m. The 2016 Courage Award is sponsored for the first time this year by NBC Sports Champions, the pro-social initiative of NBC Sports Group.

The Fairfield County Sports Commission created the Chelsea Cohen Courage Award in 2006. It is named after the late Chelsea Cohen, a former Norwalk High soccer star who was the Commission’s first Courage Award recipient and passed away in 2006 after a courageous bout with a rare form of cancer of the nervous system. The award recognizes the person in the sports community who has shown inspirational strength in battling life-altering obstacles.

Kemp, who this spring completed her freshman season with Stony Brook University's women's softball team, was a standout catcher and shortstop at Foran and in her first year with the legendary Brakettes. She is currently undergoing treatment at Yale-New Haven Hospital for the rare cancerous tumor in the pons region of her brain. During her high school career as a three-sport athlete, Kemp overcame kidney disease, which has since gone into remission.

The Kemp family has a GoFundMe page ( www.gofundme.com/2hc4x85g ) to help defray the major expenses associated with Danielle's treatment, which may include new clinical trials.

Tickets for Sports Night are available by contacting Executive Director Tom Chiappetta 203-984-4806 or via email at tomchip21@aol.com

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