2016 Wellington Mara Award recipient

SLA play for curePete Hansen (Stamford Lacross Association), the 2016 Wellington Mara award recipient, has been involved with lacrosse in Stamford for the past 8 years, starting out as a boys’ 1st and 2nd grade coach. Quickly realizing there were plenty of volunteer resources for the boys’ program and very few for the girls, he took on coaching the girls' game and hasn’t looked back.

Pete is a founding member of the Stamford Lacrosse Association (SLA) program in which he has served as a boys’ coach, girls’ coach, girls' program director and most recently, president.  He has been instrumental in growing the game. SLA started with 60 participants and has grown to 275 members from 2nd to 8th grade. 

Additionally, Pete worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Stamford, Chelsea Piers and Kyle Harrison of the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) to offer a free clinic to increase the diversity in the sport. 

Pete is married to wife Lisa, with two sets of twins.  The 2 youngest girls are still playing with SLA and the oldest two, son and daughter contributing to Westhill Varsity Lacrosse. 

Previous recipients

Bobby Robustelli
Springdale Little League

Mike Battinelli
Stamford Junior Wrestling

Junie DeLeo
Springdale Little League

Billy DeVito
National Lione Little League

Michael Crocco
Stamford Youth Soccer

Mickey Lione, Jr., Fund
P.O. Box 17053      Stamford, CT 06907      info@mickeylionefund.org