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2014 Scholarship Recipients


The Annual TIASF Scholarship Luncheon

August 9, 2014

Damian's Cucina Italiana


Alyson Footer, a national correspondent for MLB.com, was the special guest of honor at the August 9, 2014 Texas Italian-American Sports Foundation Scholarship Awards Luncheon at Damian’s Restaurant. Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton served as master of ceremonies.

Former Houston Astros managers Larry Dierker and Phil Garner introduced Alyson to the 100 guests, including 14 recipients who received $1,000.00 scholarships each. Alyson talked about her career and encouraged the student-athletes to make the most of opportunities while in college and beyond. Alyson has been a fixture on the baseball scene in Houston since 1997, when she joined the Astros' public relations department. She joined MLB.com in 2001 and was the Astros' beat writer until midway through the 2009 season, including covering the 2005 National League championship team.

In 2009, she returned to the Astros and served a popular role as director of social media -- a post she held for three seasons before returning to MLB.com in 2012 as national correspondent.

Faces in the crowd at the luncheon included Bill Brown, Comcast Sports Net Astros broadcaster; Carolyn Faulk, President of A&C Plastics; Joe Tusa, former HISD Athletic Director and 2013 TIASF Special Guest of Honor; Richard Justice and Brian McTaggart of MLB.com; Barbara Mills, Sunspot Graphics and TIASF webmaster; Steve Moniaci, HBU Athletic Director; David Barron, Houston Chronicle Sports and Father Donald Nesti of the University of St. Thomas.

Since it’s founding in 1982, the Texas Italian-American Sports Foundation has awarded nearly $600,000 in scholarships to deserving student athletes.





2014 TIASF Scholarship Recipients with Alyson Footer

2014 Scholarship Recipient Stats

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Johnny B. Mandola


Carlo Dechiro

Vice President

Daniel Sessions


Paul Galante


Ross Gagliano

Scholarships Chairman


Sam Biondo •  Charlie Cash  • Sandy Embesi • Sam Listi • Michael Patronella • Lynda Pontecorvo • Noxie Romano



Joe (Bubba) Butera • Matt Galante • Ciro Lampasas, Sr. • Damian Mandola • Frankie J. Pizzatola III • Cindy Richardson


Texas Italian-American Sports Foundation   •    713-863-0056   •   info@TIASF.org   •   PO Box 130163   •   Houston, TX  77219-0163