Hobart senior Michael Green ’14 will receive the Happiness House Volunteer of the Year Award on Friday, Feb. 7 during the annual Happiness House gala at Belhurst Castle. An offensive lineman, he has been an active Statesman on the turf and in the community.
Green organized this year’s “Touchdown and Tackles for Happiness House,” an annual fundraiser started in 2010 by former Statesman offensive lineman Jarrid Blades ’12. Blades was also a recipient of the Happiness House Volunteer of the Year Award.
This year, thanks to Green and his teammates, Hobart surpassed its goal of raising $10,000 for Happiness House.
Happiness House, which offers many educational, therapeutic, recreational and family support programs, is noted for its excellent school for children with physical and learning disabilities. It also provides services for adults and children with and without disabilities. Happiness House assists more than 1,000 families in the Finger Lakes region annually.
In addition to the fundraiser, Green and his teammates visit Happiness House and spend time with the children, playing games and reading books.
“The most enjoyable part was walking into Happiness House and seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces when we visited,” says Green.
On the gridiron, Green served as a captain in 2013 and helped the Statesmen rush for 238.2 yards per game and pass for 140.4 yards per game. The Statesmen were 10-1, going undefeated in regular season games for the second year in a row. Hobart captured the league title and a spot in the NCAA playoffs before falling to nationally ranked St. John Fisher in the second round.
An exceptional student, Green is a two-time Capital One Academic All-American, earning first team honors this season. He played in 35 career games, starting 25 in a row to close out his career.
Green will share the spotlight with Marge Donhauser who will also receive the Volunteer of the Year Award. Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb will be recognized with The Humanitarian Award and Michael A. Coppola will receive the Outstanding Board Member of the Year Award.