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NO. R-164. JOINT RESOLUTION honoring University of Vermont Basketball Catamount Tony Orciari.

(J.R.H. 121)

Offered by: Representatives Wright of Burlington, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Brown of Walden, Clark of St. Johnsbury and Crawford of Burke.

Whereas, one of Tony Orciari's legacies as a member of the University of Vermont (UVM) Catamount menís basketball team (1997-2001) is of a player who shattered school records and earned many accolades in recognition of his amazing prowess on the basketball court, and

Whereas, the America East Conference honored Tony as the 1997-1998 menís basketball rookie of the year and awarded him a berth on the conferenceís all-rookie team, and

Whereas, Tony Orciariís continuing impressive basketball performance resulted in his becoming only the third menís basketball Catamount to win consecutive placements on the America Eastís first team at the conclusion of his junior and senior seasons, and

Whereas, the offensive feats that merited this impressive recognition include Tonyís total personal tally of 1,743 points over his four-year career, the second highest in Catamount menís basketball history, and

Whereas, even more astounding is his status as the new UVM menís basketball all-time three-point play scoring champion in both the career (305) and individual season (92) categories, and

Whereas, on May 2, 2001, Tony Orciari became only the third basketball player to be awarded the J. Edward Donnelly Award which recognizes the top male athlete in the UVM senior class, and

Whereas, Tony leaves a parallel and far more important legacy to Catamount menís basketball and the university, and

Whereas, this legacy of the human spirit reflects a young college athleteís caring and devoting much of his free time to befriending an even younger Vermonter, 11 year old Thomas Cook from Enosburg Falls, who is fighting a battle against leukemia, and

Whereas, Tony Orciari has spent many an hour with Thomas in a hospital room, and, more optimistically, at courtside where the young Catamount fan assists Tony and waits to say goodbye after each game he attends, and

Whereas, these two young men have become as brothers who offer each other a special affection and support that is truly enduring, and

Whereas, a special acknowledgment is due to UVM basketball coach Tom Brennan who not only wonderfully guided Tony on the basketball court, but also introduced him to Thomas Cook, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is truly pleased to honor Tony Orciari for his basketball accomplishments at the University of Vermont and for his personal spirit of human kindness, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Tony Orciari, to Coach Tom Brennan at the University of Vermont and to Thomas Cook in Enosburg Falls.