Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Pompeii was founded in 1904 as an Italian American parish in Kenosha, WI. Holy Rosary School opened its doors in 1953. Initially Kindergarten through 6th Grade, the parishioners funded an expansion that included additional classrooms, a gymnasium and full service kitchen. The Holy Name (Mens) Society took it upon themselves to raise funds to maintain the gym and provide monetary support for Holy Rosary sports programs. A Fellowship Dinner in 1954 was the birth of Sports Night as we know it today.
The Holy Rosary Outstanding High School Athlete Award was first presented in 1957 to the Outstanding Italian Catholic Male Athlete of the Year. In 1968 the Sports Night Committee expanded eligibility to all male high school seniors regardless of ethnic or religious affiliation. In 1978 at the 26th Annual Sports Night, the first Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year was recognized at the banquet.
The award was renamed in the honor of the late Alan Ameche after he donated the trophy that currently displays the names of all recipients of this prestigious award.