Tony Garofalo Award
The Tony Garofalo Award was established to give an outstanding senior a reward for his/her hard work. The award is given at the end of the Spring semester senior year and pays for the students' first sitting of the NATA exam.
While the criteria for winning the award is subjective, attentiveness, academic standing, work ethic, reliability, capability in the Athletic Training Room and interaction with the athletes are all considered in our decision.
The current students are voted on by the Athletic Training staff and awarded during the annual Benedictine Athletics Student-Athlete Recognition night at the conclusion of the Spring Semester.
Past Tony Garofalo Award winners:
2013 – Regina Gasperini
2012 – Matt Boyne
2011 – Jared Oshel
About Tony Garofalo
Tony Garofalo is the man you want by your side no matter what your sport. Originally planning on a career in teaching, he found his true calling in Athletic Training at Benedictine College. Garofalo credits his mentors at Benedictine for his successful 38 year career as an Athletic Trainer.
Garofalo worked with Benedictine Hall of Famers Larry Gildehaus (soccer) and Chic Downing (basketball) and has great memories of accompanying the basketball team to the NAIA basketball tournament in 1970. Although he served as an athletic trainer for several sports, Garofalo's first love is baseball.
Major League baseball has been a phenomenal part of his life for 16 years, 10 of those years with the Chicago Cubs. When hired by the Cubs, he was the youngest athletic trainer in pro baseball at 26 years old. He is a Founding Member of PBATS(Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society), Athletic Trainer for the National League Team at the All Star Game in Cleveland, OH in 1981 and the 50th Anniversary National All Star Team held in Chicago in 1983. The highlight of his career was being thanked by Bruce Sutter during Sutter's Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech. "He said you've done more for me than anyone will ever know."
Now affiliated with AthletiCo, he and Jan, his wife of 37 years, call Illinois home. They have three sons: Jim, Joe and Greg.