In The Communities
As a near thirty-year resident of Fairfield County, John and his family have lived, worked and been active in most of our southwest Connecticut towns and cities. He is part of the fabric of our community.
Both John and his wife returned from University of Colorado in 1988. They first lived in Stamford while he attended law school. Liza began teaching in elementary school in Stamford, and worked as a waitress at night to make ends meet. She was a Stamford educator for ten years.
In 1993 John was hired by a major law firm, Kelley Drye & Warren, and worked in Stamford and New York City for the next ten years -- first at KDW and then Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan. After renting a small cottage in New Canaan for two years, John and Liza bought their first home in Norwalk where the eldest son was born in 1995. In 1999, Liza began teaching in Fairfield. After the birth of their second son in 2001, John and his family moved to Redding. Their third son was born in 2005. John returned from New York in 1999 to join a Westport firm, and returned to Whitman Breed in Greenwich in 2003 where he now works as a partner. Liza now teaches in Ridgefield.
John’s mother still lives in Vista, New York (John went to John Jay HS), and his sister lives in Bridgeport.
John played semi-pro football for 16 years -- first in Colorado, then in New York, and finally in Connecticut with the CTGiants from 1998 through 2006. John is now a coach and President of the Aspetuck Wildcats Association (youth football and cheer for Easton, Redding and formally Weston) and guided his 2008 team to an AYF National Championship in Florida. He has competed against -- and been the head coach of all-star teams with -- kids from most Fairfield County towns including Bridgeport, Norwalk and Oxford.
Shaban is also the founder and president of Athletes in the Community (aka Giants in the Community), a nonprofit organization he created as part of the CTGiants that still works to teach underprivileged children to transfer their athletic efforts toward improving their education and life skills. John recently transferred some of the GITC effort to help a former CTGiants teammate and coach with the creation and success of the SW Connecticut Grizzlies. The Grizzlies are a combined community college football team based mainly out of Housatonic CC that helps get young men back on track. (See Bridgeport page.)
Shaban is also on the Executive Advisory Board of the Needs Clearing House, an organization focused on matching the needs of charitable organizations with individuals, businesses and other charities willing and able to meet those needs. (See Bridgeport page.)
State Rep. Shaban presenting DECD funding which he helped secure SW CT Grizz along with friends Mayor Joe Ganim and State Rep Charlie Stallworth.
See the Grizz schedule and how Southwest Connecticut Grizzlies Offers Talented Athletes a Second Chance on their webpage.
With Mayor Ganim at a cooling station