Who Mentored You
By: Stephen K. Tavares
Stephen Tavares is currently the President of New Hartford Youth Basketball. Stephen is a Police Lieutenant for the City of Bristol Police Department and currently is the Training Division Commander.
Stephen, a Milford Connecticut native was a member of the 1988, 1989 and 1990 ST. Joseph’s High School, (Trumbull, CT) “Class M” football State Champion teams. He was also a member of the ST. Joseph’s Track and Field team from 1987- 1991. Stephen was a multi- year letterman in both sports. Stephen received all league and all state recognition in both football and track. He won a silver medal in the javelin at the inaugural Nutmeg State Game (Held at ECSU). In college, Stephen was a member of the Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) Track and Field team, throwing the Javelin 1993- 1995.
“My father, Kenneth Tavares, instilled in me a great work ethic and great respect for people. He showed me through his actions that with hard work, you can accomplish your goals”.
“In addition to my parents, I was lucky enough to have a number of coaches in my youth that were influential in the development of who I am today. As a youth (8- 13 years old) I had the privilege to be coached by Ernie Pepe, Milford Junior Football league, Bob Petrocelli, Milford International Baseball and Sheldon Harold, Milford Recreation Basketball. These men taught me to never give up when things get tough. Most importantly all of the men I mentioned above taught us the importance of being good people and active members of our community”.
In High School, Stephen attended ST. Joseph High School, Trumbull, CT. “My high school years were the most formative years in my athletic career. I was lucky enough to play for legendary Connecticut high school football coach, Christy Hayes. Coach Hayes demanded the best from you on and off the field. He instilled great pride in the ST. Joe’s community in each player. That sense of pride and demand for excellence resulted in three consecutive State football championships, but more importantly, the lessons learned at ST. Joseph’s and youth athletics prepared me for life. It prepared me to be a Police Officer, father, husband, and to give back to my New Hartford community by serving as President of New Hartford Youth Basketball. Another lesson I learned was no one accomplishes great things alone and I am no different. I would not be able to accomplish anything as President without my executive board consisting of, Tim Raap- Vice President, Julie Raap-Treasurer and Dale Martin- Secretary”.