Italian American Digest DIGEST Winter 2017 Final - Page 4

I talian A merican D igest PAGE 4 WINTER 2017 2018 LAISHF Honorees L ocal S ports I nductees Anthony “Tony” Chimento N ational H onoree Franco Harris Franco Harris is well known for his out- standing career in the National Football League, one so productive that it earned him a 1990 induction into The Pro Football Hall of Fame. Drafted in the first round of the 1972 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Franco went on to set the standard for NFL running backs – big, fast and agile with explosive cutback ability. He established many team and league records, played in nine Pro Bowls, led the Steelers’ charge to four Super Bowl victories and was named the MVP of Super Bowl IX. His “Immaculate Reception” in the final seconds of the 1972 AFC play- off game against the Oakland Raiders is still considered to be the greatest individual play in NFL history. Franco was born in Ft. Dix, NJ and grew up in Mt. Holly, NJ. He graduated from Rancocas Valley Regional High School where he was a three-sport star and received a football schol- arship to attend Penn State University where he played for legendary coach Joe Paterno. After 13 seasons in the NFL, Franco put his college degree in Food Service and Adminis- tration to good use and started a small distri- bution company called Franco’s All Naturel. He warehoused, sold, promoted and some- times even delivered his all-natural products to customers. In 1990 he established Super Bakery with the goal of making it the Leader in Bakery Nutrition. His bakery products are made with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives and are fortified with minerals, vitamins and protein, thus providing MVP nutrition to schoolchildren across America. In 2010, Franco became co-founder and majority owner of Eco Product Group, LLC. This exciting new venture focuses on the use LAISHF cont.on next page A 1952 graduate of St. Aloysius High School, Anthony “Tony” Chimento played baseball under Coach John Altobello. Chimento was a member of the baseball All-Prep-All-Legion from 1951- 1952. He was also a member of the state champion team in 1952. He contin- ued playing baseball at Loyola University under Coach Jack Ovsley from 1953-1956. Chimento was selected as the Most Valuable Player in 1955. In 1999, Tony was induct- ed into the Loyola Sports Hall of Fame. In 1953, Chimento played on the LaRoccas, an All American Amateur Baseball Association in New Orleans comprised of local high school and college players. Under Coach Lou “Rags” Schure- mann, the team won the 1953 championships in Johnstown, PA. Chimento was named the team MVP. After graduation, Chimento enlisted in the U.S. military. He served as 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army at Wiesbaden, Germany, from 1956-1958. Upon returning to the states, Chimento taught and coached at West Jefferson High School from 1958-1964. He was named Assistant High School Principal at West Jefferson in 1964 and worked there until 1968. Chimento was Middle School Principal at Helen Cox Jr. High from 1968-1970. In 1984, Chimento was selected as School Super- intendent for the Jefferson Parish School System a job he held until 1986. Tony and his wife Althea Ullo have been hap- pily married for 57 years. Lou Carboni A 1968 graduate of Holy Cross School, Lou Carboni excelled at baseball and was a three year letterman and captain, receiving all-district and defensive player of the year honors. Continuing his athletic exploits at Mid- City Junior College and Loyola University, he was an all-conference selection as well as an All-American Honorable Mention. After graduating in 1973, Carboni began as both a physical education and algebra teacher and assistant football, baseball and basketball coach at St. John Preparatory School. He later coached at De La Salle High School. Carboni became a head baseball coach for the first time in 1979 at Holy Cross School. His team won the 1982 state cham- pionship. Carboni himself was recognized at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 1996. After shepherding teams in the Catholic League for over 25 years, Coach Carboni retired from coaching in 2005. In 2016, he was a member of the inaugural class of the Holy Cross Sports Hall of Fame. The Lou Carboni Scholarship, awarded by Holy Cross, is named in his honor. He retired from teaching i