11/9/11 9:43 AM
The Cannons may have won the ultimate prize on the field this season, but their work in the community is garnering recognition as well.
Last night at the Boston Sports Fan Choice Awards, Kevin Buchanan was given a Hometown Hero award for his work in the Boston community and beyond. The award was presented by Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe, who talked about Buchanan's volunteer activities, including work at t Greater Boston Food Bank with fellow Cannons earlier this year; teaching free clinics to the boys and girls of MetroLacrosse; participating in an anti-bullying advertising campaign with the Boston Sports Museum; and visiting local high schools to talk about leadership and achieving goals. He was also a volunteer assistant coach at BC High School and with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes National Boys Lacrosse team.
Buchanan attended the event with Cannons president and founding owner Matt Dwyer, general manager Kevin Barney, and teammates Jordan Burke and JJ Morrissey.
Kevin shared the stage with Kevin Faulk of the New England Patriots. Watch their acceptance speeches here:
On Wednesday night, Paul Rabil was at The Lab School of Washington Awards Gala, honored alongside such notable figures as Erin Brockovich, Gavin Newsom, the Lieutenant Governor of California, and Dr. Michael B. Oren, Ambassador of Israel to the US, all of whom overcame learning disabilities to become outstanding achievers. According the the school's website, "Each has mastered their learning disabilities in order to achieve success in their chosen career – and each serves as an inspiring role model to Lab School students."
The 100+ past honorees include Cher, Charles Schwab, Magic Johnson, Danny Glover, Tom Cruise, Billy Bob Thornton, Richard Avedon, and James Carville.
The Lab School is regarded as a leader in innovative and effective methods for teaching bright, motivated students with learning disabilities and ADHD. The first school of its type in the nation, Lab is known worldwide for transforming lives and guiding students on the path toward success.
Before the gala, Rabil visited the school to conduct a Q & A with current students. Rabil was also a guest on Tony Kornheiser's ESPN Radio show on Tuesday, during which he discussed being a pro lacrosse player and fellow All-Star Max Seibald, who went to the same Long Island high school as Kornheiser.