HOPKINTON, MA, May 16, 2016 –  The Hopkinton Education Foundation is honored to announce the recipient of a one-time grant to honor Mary Korbey.  Funding of $6,750 will go to Leadership Training for High School Varsity Captains and its applicant, Deirdre King, Hopkinton High School guidance counselor.  The grant is named to honor the lasting contributions of Mary Korbey, a former board member, who passed away last summer.

Mary was on the Hopkinton Education Foundation board for nearly 15 years.  She played key roles in the Thank A Teacher program and the Golf Ball Drop, as well as lending a thoughtful and firm presence in guiding the organization.  In the words of her husband, Mike, “Mary was unbelievably committed to everything she did.”  Mary was also passionate about athletics and the confidence and lessons it could teach.  She coached basketball for her entire adult life.  Countless athletes shared that Mary had “a profound effect on their lives, teaching them that team work and unselfish play would make them better players, better leaders, but more importantly better people.”

In Mary’s spirit, the Hopkinton Education Foundation is delighted to be funding leadership training for the approximately 70 varsity captains for the 2016/2017 academic year.  All captains will attend three leadership workshops, with themes focusing on the fundamental importance of relationships, as well as looking at one’s behavior and the impact it has on others.  CORE Trainings, the same organization that helped establish the UNITE mentoring program at the high school, will provide the leadership training.

“Mary believed that athletics provided a great avenue for youth to understand and expand their abilities and to make a positive impact both on and off the court.  We were looking for a grant that would truly represent Mary, her passions, and her contributions.  We believe this grant will empower team captains to be better leaders and role models for fellow athletes as well as teaching them how to effectively communicate with coaches thus carrying Mary’s impact forward,” said Maureen Belger, Chair of the HEF Grants Committee. 

The Hopkinton Education Foundation will announce the full slate of grant recipients this week.  

About the Hopkinton Education Foundation

The Hopkinton Education Foundation provides funding, ideas and professional development to help Hopkinton educators deliver innovative educational experiences that inspire students to strive for excellence and become lifelong learners.  Since its inception in 1992, the Foundation has made nearly 300 grants valued at over $1 million. For further information, visit www.hopkintoneducationfoundation.org, or the Foundation’s Facebook page.

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