Carmine "Carm" Vaccaro
All-Star high school and college Athlete, U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman, award-winning Coach, respected Educator, community Volunteer and Activist – Carmine Vaccaro has been all these and more.
Born and raised in Stamford, Carm starred in many sports at Stamford H.S. and won the State Championship in the pole vault. At Adelphi College and the University of Maryland he continued his outstanding pole vaulting and also played football.
With the outbreak of the Korean War, Carmine left college to enlist in the Navy. As a trained Hospital Corpsman, he served with distinction, attaining the rank of Petty Officer 2d Class.
After his Honorable Discharge, he completed his undergraduate education at New Haven State Teachers College, earning a B.S. in Phys. Ed, with a minor in General Science, while competing in football, track and tennis. Carm also holds graduate degrees from Fairfield and Fordham. He taught Science and Phys Ed in the Stamford school system for over thirty years.
He has served the City of Stamford as a member of the Human Rights Commission and the Patriotic and Special Events Commission. He has also held officers’ positions in the American Legion, the VFW, the Knights of Columbus, and the North Stamford Exchange Club, being named “Man of the Year” in 1978 and receiving the National Volunteer Award in 1981.