FAIRFIELD, Conn.-- Sacred Heart University senior Taylor Filanowski was honored this summer with a community service award from the NFL’s New England Patriots.
Filanowski, a marketing major from Naugatuck, volunteers regularly with Habitat for Humanity, Bridgeport-area soup kitchens, churches, schools and more.
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation awarded Filanowski a third-place prize in the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards for her philanthropic efforts. The award included $5,000 for the university's Community Connections program.
“The opportunities that Sacred Heart has offered me to volunteer and just dive into service is pretty much why I’m at the school,” Filanowski said in a statement. “I do service with all of my friends at Sacred Heart. I work with Habitat because of Sacred Heart, and I got offered the award because of Sacred Heart, so I’m very thankful for all the opportunities that they’ve brought to me.
On hand to congratulate Filanowski was Robert Kraft, Patriots chairman and chief executive officer; Joshua Kraft, New England Patriots Charitable Foundation president; NFL Hall of Famer and former Patriot Andre Tippett; Patriots quarterback Tom Brady; kicker Stephen Gostkowski; punter Zoltan Mesko and defensive lineman Vince Wilfork.