Congratulations to Boston College sports information director Dick Kelley, selected as the male recipient of this year's U.S. Basketball Writers Association's Most Courageous Award. The award is presented annually by the USBWA to honor athletes, coaches, officials or administrators in college athletics who have demonstrated extraordinary courage while facing adversity in life.
Kelley was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2011. ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, an incurable disease that affects movement and speech. Although confined to a wheelchair and in declining health, Kelley has continued to serve as a leader for both BC's athletics department and the basketball program.
"I am overwhelmed and very grateful for this amazing honor," wrote Kelley when told he was named a most courageous recipient. "I have never sought recognition but rather did what I did because I loved my job and everyone I had the privilege of working with."
Kelley will be presented with his most courageous award at Boston College's home game against Virginia on March 3. In addition, the USBWA will make a donation to Compassionate Care ALS in West Falmouth, Mass. on behalf of Kelley.