Keeping with tradition, each year OLFCA honors two eighth grade students, one boy and one girl, to receive the Tyler Ugolyn Award. Brianna Carbin and Matthew Weiss have been students at OLFCA since Kindergarten. The students who receive the award must have displayed exemplary character and sportsmanship on the school’s campus, within the community, and while playing any sport. The awardee does not have to be the best-skilled player on the team, however they must demonstrate the traits for which Tyler was known: compassion, teamwork, love of the game, and spirituality.
Tyler Ugolyn was a 1993 graduate of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy who perished in the 9/11 World Trade Center attack. Tyler was a remarkable young man who, aside from his love of the game of basketball, embodied what it meant to be a man of faith, character, and integrity. The Tyler Ugolyn Foundation, "Tyler's Court" is a charitable organization founded to help support the communities and activities to which Tyler Ugolyn devoted his personal time, effort and love.
The Foundation is committed to providing support to youth basketball, with an emphasis on court refurbishment and providing financial support to character building educational programs and skills clinics to children in urban settings. All courts nationwide funded by the Foundation are named "Tyler's Court" and noted with a special plaque installed at each court along with the words "I just love playing the game," a quote attributed to Tyler.
Mary Ann Fleming, the school’s principal, said, “We are so happy to have been able to hold this event live this year. Our students and families had a great time keeping Tyler’s memory and spirit alive, while centered around basketball and community”.
As part of the evening’s event, several basketball games were held as part of the Tyler Ugolyn Memorial Basketball Tournament, followed by an OLFCA alumni game. The annual tournament involves several Catholic Schools from around Fairfield County and fills the school’s gym with current students, alumni, family and friends.