Kevin Coyne Honored for Work with Special Olympics
Kevin Coyne, a junior sports management student, was among the recipients of the Colleges of Worcester Consortium Community Engagement Award. He received a certificate in recognition of his work as a development intern with Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) at an event held at the Worcester Public Library.
Earlier this year, Coyne coordinated a Special Olympics Massachusetts Unified® basketball game at Becker College, pairing athletes from Seven Hills Family Services with Becker student, faculty and staff volunteer Unified® partners. The event was supported by SOMA staff and raised awareness of individuals who face intellectual disabilities (ID) and of the Special Olympics North America campaign to “Spread the Word to End the Word®,” a program designed to deter individuals from using the r-word (retarded) in a derogatory way. The event also served to highlight the capabilities of individuals with ID and to demonstrate their strengths, despite their disadvantage.
"Participants and spectators at the game took away a new sense of respect and compassion for individuals with ID," said Coyne whose passion for this cause is helping to pave the way for a broader relationship between Becker College and Special Olympics Massachusetts.
Coyne has been involved in several Special Olympics Massachusetts projects and events, including the Special Olympics Massachusetts Winter Games. At SOMA night at a Worcester Sharks game, Coyne, a member of the Becker Hawks ice hockey team, carried the torch around the rink with a Special Olympics athlete.
The mission of Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of well-coached Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Massachusetts also provides athletes with continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, prepare for entry into school and community programs, express courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics Athletes, and the community.
PHOTO: Becker College Director of Career Services Eric Saczawa, Kevin Coyne and Colleges of Worcester Consortium CEO Mark Billotta (l-r)