BEVERLY, Mass. – Endicott sports information intern Anthony Rinaldi '19 (Attleboro Falls, Mass.) has been named the 2019 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors Association (ECAC-SIDA) Bill Esposito Memorial Award winner. It was announced by the organization earlier today.
The Bill Esposito Award is presented to a graduating college senior who wishes to pursue a career in athletic communications. The award is named to honor the memory of one of the true patriarchs of the sports information profession. Bill Esposito served as the Sports Information Director at St. John's University in New York for 25 years. He served as a past-President of ECAC-SIDA in 1972-73 and was the organization's Irving Marsh Award recipient in 1973. He was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 1984. Bill Esposito passed away in 1995.
Rinaldi will be celebrated during the annual ECAC-SIDA Awards Dinner at the 2019 Workshop on the evening of June 6 at the Sheraton – Framingham.
"Winning this award means so much to me. Just to be mentioned in the same breath as the legendary Bill Esposito is something I never could have imagined," said Rinaldi. "I'd like to thank Shawn Medeiros (Endicott Sports Information Director) for nominating me for this award and being the best mentor a person could ask for in this profession. I'd also like to acknowledge Nicolle Holcomb (Sports Information Graduate Assistant), George Chapell (Men's Volleyball Head Coach/Assistant Sports Information), and Rob Palardy (former Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Communications/current Endicott Executive Director of Marketing Integration) for everything they've helped me with over the past two years."
"Along with my Endicott mentors, I'd like to thank Jeff Weinstein (Harvard Assistant Director of Athletic Communications) and the entire Harvard Athletic Communications department for giving me the opportunity last semester to intern with them. Last but certainly not least, I'd like to acknowledge Ryan Lanigan of Hockomocksports.com for giving me my start in covering sports, and my friends and family, specifically my parents, for pushing me to achieve my goals and dreams."
MORE ON ANTHONY RINALDI
Anthony Rinaldi is currently finishing his undergraduate degree in journalism at Endicott College, where he works under 2019 CoSIDA Rising Star Award winner Shawn Medeiros. Rinaldi has served as an intern in the sports information office at Endicott since 2017. He also previously served as an intern in the Harvard athletic communications office during the fall semester in 2018 and spent time as the Editor in Chief and Sports Editor of the Endicott College Observer.
Rinaldi has handled a number of the responsibilities in the office at Endicott while balancing his athletic career as the captain of the men's tennis team. His leadership experience has not been limited to athletics, as he has also spent time as an Orientation Leader, an Orientation Assistant and a member of the Lighthouse Leadership Society at Endicott, which aims to inspire, guide, help and teach students. Rinaldi is also a member of the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society and plans to pursue a career in athletic communications.
(Photo Credit - David Le '10 / Emily Machado, ECAC-SIDA)