The Michael J. Kane Wellness Award

In recognition of efforts to promote the health and well-being of children and young adults across Massachusetts through positive lifestyle choices.

The Michael J. Kane Wellness Award Recipients

2021
John Crocker, M.Ed.
Methuen Public Schools

2020
Jeff Perrotti
DESE Safe Schools Programs for LGBTQ Students

2019
James Orrigo
Lad in a Battle

2018
Chris Sullivan
Not in the Playbook

2017
Michael Ostiguy

2016
Edward W. Caisse III
Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

2015
Leominster High School L.E.A.D.
Let’s Empower, Advocate and Do

2014
Sean Gilrein
Shepherd Hill Regional High School

2013
Magi and John Bish
The Molly Bish Foundation

2012

Bill Gaine
MIAA Deputy Director Emeritus

2011
Roberta Doering

2010
Martha Harding
Kevin Ringhofer

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.

Nominations and selections made by MIAA and MIAA Partners in Prevention Committee.

Contact Carolyn Bohmiller for further information @ cbohmiller@miaa.net