Awards Sponsored by FFAA
The history of Fairport Football
Jack Donaldson Memorial Award
Jack played football for FHS at the JV and Varsity level. He was also a very talented musician. Jack graduated in 1981 and died in a motorcycle accident in 1985. He was attending New College in Sarasota, Florida at the time of his death.
This award is given to a graduating senior who possesses high moral and ethical standards, has a solid academic record and participates in extra curricular activities. These were the qualities that Jack exhibited.
Bouley/Clifford Memorial Award
This award is given in memory of Kent Bouley, Jim Clifford, and David Clifford who were all killed in a tragic car accident in 1986. Kent and Jim were seniors and David was a sophomore at the time of the accident. All three boys played football for FHS and were caring, energetic, charismatic kids with a zest for life. The award is given to a senior football player who exemplifies these qualities.
Tom Parsons Memorial Award
Tom graduated from Fairport in 1987 having played two years of Varsity Football and two years of JV. Prior to that, from the time he was eight years old, he played at all levels of Pop Warner. After four years at Ohio University, he returned to Fairport, and at the time of his death, he was working as a Recruiter of National Engineering Search.
Tom was married to Kim Large, also a Fairport grad. Four days later, on October 8th, while honeymooning in Aruba, Tom died in a snorkeling accident. Tom was well known for being a person who tried to make a difference in people’s lives.
Cody Tatro Memorial Award
Cody Tatro became a Fairport Red Raider in seventh grade and continued through the Fairport program as a starter on both sides of the ball. During Cody’s junior year, he started as the middle line backer for the Varsity team and earned the Defensive Player of the Game in the sectional finals and Defensive Player of the Game in the state quarterfinals. In his senior year, he set Fairport’s school record with 178 tackles during one season and became the MVP of the sectional finals and again was voted the Defensive Player of the Game in the state quarterfinals. Cody was selected as an All Greater Rochester Player during his senior year. Cody was a proud graduate of Fairport and continued on with his education at the University of Maine on a full football scholarship. Upon graduating from Maine with a BS in Physical Education, Cody began his teaching and coaching career at Charlotte Woods Middle School in Danville, California. Cody is remembered for his tremendous heart, passion for athletics, and his dedication to his students, friends, and family.
Lyle Sleeman Memorial Award
In 1951, Lyle Sleeman built his home in Fairport after growing up and working in East Rochester. In the mid 60’s he became a Bus Driver for the School district. He loved to drive the sports teams. When asked to take ANY of the sports teams to the away games, “No” was not in his vocabulary. He was an avid fan of the Red Raiders on any level, and driving the players to the away games was only a small part of his way of being part of the program. As he became more and more a part of the Red Raider Family, home or away, you would find him on the sideline, giving encouragement to the players and coaches, keeping stats when needed, or even being the equipment manager, painting football helmets in his garage so the Raiders would look good for the upcoming season. He loved being part of the Fairport tradition. He didn’t miss many games in his 30 plus years, if any at all. His biggest thrill was celebrating the 1997 State Championship win in Syracuse and being on the sideline with his two grandchildren. He even drove the bus to that game too…what a ride HOME that must have been!
Once a Raider, he’ll always be a Raider.
Dan Karg Memorial Award
Dan Karg was a 1997 graduate of Fairport High School and student athlete in the sports of lacrosse and football. He was named Athlete of the year in 1997 and went to Ithaca College where he was a four-year letterman in lacrosse. He graduated with a Health and Physical Education degree and worked for Monroe #1 BOCES as a Physical Education teacher. Additionally, Dan coached varsity lacrosse in Pittsford and football and basketball for East Rochester. “DK” love being a Raider and cherished his friendships with his teammates and coaches.