Tributes

Brick Dedication by Darien YMCA Piranha Swim Team
Our gratitude to the Darien YMCA Piranha Swim Team who dedicated this brick at the Darien YMCA entry pathway. Andy spent many years swimming at this facility. Seeing this beautiful tribute brings our family happy memories and makes us smile, just like Andy will, forever.

Dedication of "The Friendship Bench"


“The Friendship Bench” was dedicated by the Middlesex Club to honor Andy’s memory and legacy: his joy of life, laughter and kindness, which allowed him to reach out to so many friends and to touch so many lives.



 

"The Friendship Award"

The “Andy Peña Friendship Award” was established by the Middlesex Club to honor Andy’s dedication to the sport of swimming and his inspiration to others. The Award is given to a swim team member who possesses Andy’s remarkable qualities of joyfulness, kindness, camaraderie, courage and ability to inspire.

Recipients of The Friendship Award:

2011: Andrew Aoyama

2012: Maddie Burke

2013: Mark Trifone

2014: Robbie Waters

 
2015: Cesar Peña

DHS Track Team Memorial Event


The Darien High School boys' track and field team honored Andy before a team's home meet with a special ceremony. Teammates held five minutes and fifty nine seconds of silence — a tribute to Andy’s goal of running a mile in under six minutes. The crowd began to applaud as the time wore down, cheering Andy onto the symbolic finish line. Team members wore black shirts emblazoned with the initials "AP."