This prestigious award has been established in memory of the late Michael Kane. Michael’s legacy is significant. Following his retirement from the Monson Schools, Michael became the Director of Student Services for the MIAA, a position that he held for ten years. Michael’s leadership and service over decades clearly impacted both the MIAA and MSSAA families. He served as President of the MSSAA during the 1986-87 academic year. He is a former MSSAA Assistant Principal of the Year, MIAA Distinguished Service Award recipient, and was honored in 1998 with the MIAA/Sherman A. Kinney Award for outstanding contributions to high school basketball. He was also a long-standing member of the MIAA Board of Directors and Chair of the MIAA Basketball Committee. Michael’s passion and great achievement was providing guidance and programs to the students of Massachusetts, particularly in helping them make healthy life choices. The MIAA Student Services initiative grew substantially under Michael’s leadership, creating several innovative wellness and student leadership programs. In the spring of 2010, Mike lost a valiant battle with cancer. He will always be remembered for the compassion, kindness and care that he displayed for others. This award honors Mike’s legacy and seeks to recognize those who share his motivation for making a difference in the lives of others.