The Lovin' Award

The Lovin' Award recognizes young visionaries who are involved in programs that foster respect, inclusion and a true personal connection for people with intellectual or other differences.

2015 Lovin’ Award Winner

Kaitlyn Guild, Kensington, CT

The Lovin’ Award is all about young people who want to make a difference. Kaitlyn epitomizes that sentiment. She has been involved in Unified Sports for six years, playing basketball and soccer. As a member of the Youth Activation Committee for the last four years, Kaitlyn organized four Spread the Word to End the Word campaigns throughout the state of Connecticut. She also organized an End the Word campaign at Berlin High School. As president of her school's National Honor Society Kaitlyn mobilized members of the organization to become actively involved with Unified Programs. Through her efforts Kaitlyn Guild has helped to make Berlin High School a place where students with disabilities are accepted and respected. She is a remarkable young lady who is well deserving of this recognition.

2015 Lovin’ Award Winner Kaitlyn Guild and runner up, Kara DiGregorio, with Tim and Maria Shriver.

Kaitlyn was selected from several worthy nominees, and ultimately from four finalists. Finalist Kara DiGregorio from Milford, MA works tirelessly with the Youth Activation Committee and Best Buddies in her community. Julie Eve Horwitz from Washington, DC is a Unified Partner, and helped to organize the first ever Anti-Bullying Campaign in the District of Columbia. Dominique Bianco of Staten Island, NY is committed to a number of local organizations, including Miracle Network Hospitals, Kiwanis, and Youth Empowerment through Service. “These four women are the embodiment of our vision for the Lovin’ Award”, says Maria Shriver. “By standing alongside their peers with special needs and acting as role models, they have shown that they can help to build a better world where every person counts. They set inspiring examples for us all”.

Nominations for the 2017 Lovin’ Award will be opening soon. We will announce the opening of nominations on our website, Facebook and Twitter! Stay Tuned!

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