“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 “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.
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."