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Rebecca Anderson (Daniel Hand), Kobe Wiggins (Notre Dame) Named SCC/Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists' Comeback Players of the Year

(L-R): Al Carbone, SCC commissioner, Rebecca Anderson, Kobe Wiggins, Glenn Elia, CEO of Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists (photo by Bill O'Brien)


Two student athletes – Rebecca Anderson (Daniel Hand) and Kobe Wiggins (Notre Dame) – are the recipients of the 2016 SCC “Comeback Player of the Year” awards.  Both students suffered severe injuries, yet were able to overcome them to become outstanding role models in their respective schools. 

A corporate sponsor of the Southern Connecticut Conference (SCC), Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists P.C. (COS) has offered a Comeback Player of the Year Scholarship for student-athletes who participated in an interscholastic sport during the 2015-2016 academic year and showed great leadership both on and off the field after their severe injury.

 Coaches and school’s athletic directors nominated these student-athletes after they each suffered an unfortunate injury that prohibited them from play for their high school teams. Both will receive a financial scholarship to be used for their college education.

 "This is our sixth year in awarding student-athletes from the SCC with scholarships,” explained Glenn Elia, Chief Executive Officer of COS.  “Our goal has been to acknowledge student-athletes who have overcome the challenges of an injury and, through hard work and determination, have become positive role models for their fellow teammates."

 “Many thanks to the doctors and staff at Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists for their support of the SCC and these scholarships,” explained SCC Commissioner Al Carbone. “Our league has many outstanding student-athletes who excel in the classroom and on the playing fields; but it is a tremendous gesture to recognize traits like courage, perseverance and selflessness.”

REBECCA ANDERSON, Daniel Hand (gymnastics)

Rebecca tore her ACL in the fall of 2013 which forced her to miss the 2013-14 gymnastics season.   Her recovery was long and strenuous, but she persevered and returned to the team and was named captain. She earned All-SCC and All-Area honors during her junior season as the team won the SCC and state championships.  This past season, Rebecca captained the team again and earned All-State accolades as the Tigers repeated as SCC and Class M state champions.

Daniel Hand gymnastics coach Kelly Smith said, “Rebecca is an unselfish person.   She could have easily felt sorry for herself, but motivated herself and her teammates and returned to the mat.  Her time rehabbing sparked an interest in physical therapy as a career.  She is one of the most mature, hard-working and motivated individuals I have had the pleasure of working with.”

Rebecca will attend Springfield College and study in its physical therapy program.


KOBE WIGGINS  – Notre Dame-West Haven HS (football)

Kobe sustained a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus during the first game of the 2014 football season.  Through his hard work and positive support of his teammates, Kobe was elected captain for the 2015 season.  Kobe’s comeback to the playing field was indeed impressive; he led the Green Knights to the SCC Division I East title and a spot in the Class L semifinals.  For his efforts at running back/linebacker, he was named All-SCC, All-Area and was named a Coaches Association Class L All-State honoree.

Notre Dame football coach Tom Marcucci said, “Kobe showed a spirit that was contagious, despite being injured. His hard work, successful play and his overall impact on his teammates is remarkable, and will never be underestimated.”

Kobe, a resident of Meriden, will attend Southern Connecticut State University and study pre-law.



The 2015-16 academic year marks the 22nd year of existence for the Southern Connecticut Conference. The SCC is comprised of 23 high schools with more than 23,000 students representing 16 communities. Recognized as one of the best athletic conferences in the state, the SCC also has a great tradition of offering first-rate non-athletic programs and events that enrich the overall high school experience of our young people to help them become responsible students, athletes and citizens. For more information on the SCC, visit-



Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists, PC offers all orthopaedic subspecialties including sports medicine, treatment for problems of the upper and lower extremities, joint replacement surgery, pediatric orthopaedics, and surgical and non-surgical podiatry. COS is the largest privately held orthopaedic group in Connecticut and has been providing quality, individualized care to patients for over 50 years. COS has 21 locations including in-house physical therapy, three OrthoNOW orthopaedic walk-in centers, two MRI centers providing in-house diagnostic testing and its own surgical center. For more information visit-



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