Lift honors Special Olympics Volunteer

JOHNSTOWN, PA – On Tuesday, February 9th at 3:30 PM, Lift Johnstown honored its 10th Volunteer Spotlight Award recipient, Gary Boysza, at the Young American Furniture store, 2450 Bedford Street, Johnstown.

Photo: The Tribune Democrat

Lift Johnstown is happy to promote recognition of those special citizens who exemplify all that volunteering embodies. Boysza was selected by a committee that reviews and votes on nominations received on Lift’s website nomination form submitted by members of the community. The nomination for Boysza reads as follows:

“Gary has been a volunteer with Cambria County Special Olympics for over 16 years and has held various management team positions and is currently Sports Coordinator and head coach for volleyball, basketball and floor hockey. He assists on the Outreach committee and Fundraising committee and helps out where the need arises. Gary never misses the opportunity to inspire, encourage, support and celebrate the accomplishments of all involved - athletes and volunteers alike….He provides weekly transportation, at his own expense, to athletes whose families are not available. He takes the initiative to contact families when they are experiencing difficulties or tragedy, even offering his own home to them. He has mentored the athletes teaching them teamwork, group support, social skills, how to develop friendships and self-confidence and the rules, respect and values needed to be successful not only in Special Olympics sports but in society. He is present at all fundraising events. Organizes refreshments and pizza parties for team events, competitions and fundraisers as well as extra outings such as Tomahawks games, floor hockey scrimmages and many others in addition to his family’s sports activities. He has spent countless hours comparing prices, collecting sizes and arranging for new uniforms for the athletes as directed by the Special Olympics of PA for 2016. He even makes his famous homemade gobs to pass out on tour bus trips and his famous gob cake is a feature of Cambria County Special Olympics.”

Brad Clemenson, Lift Johnstown Coordinator, was on hand on Tuesday, February 9th aYoung American Furniture, 2450 Bedford Street to present the award and plaque for the years of outstanding service to the Cambria County Special Olympics and to thank Boysza, whose own physically challenged son will be in attendance to see his father receive the award. Boysza was unaware of the recognition and award which was presented to him.

Lift Johnstown believes that the hard work and dedication of our community volunteers are what make our community a great place to live and work. They are helping to improve our region and the lives of our citizens every day. The Lift Volunteer Spotlight Award is a way to recognize those going the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of people and on projects that are redefining Johnstown as a vibrant small city and region. Lift honors volunteers on a quarterly basis. New nominations may be submitted starting next week.

To nominate someone for the award or for more information contact Lift Johnstown at 814-536-5107 or or visit our website at and find us on Facebook at Lift Johnstown.

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