Hobart and William Smith Colleges Director of Athletic Communications Ken DeBolt was presented with the Bob Kenworthy Award at the Eastern College Athletic Conference-Sports Information Directors Association (ECAC-SIDA) Workshop on June 9 in Lancaster, Pa. Last year, DeBolt was honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) with the Bob Kenworthy Community Service Award.
The Bob Kenworthy Award is named in honor of long-time Gettysburg College sports information director Bob Kenworthy. It is presented at the discretion of the ECAC-SIDA Executive Board to a person or organization for contributions to the corporation and mission of ECAC-SIDA.
DeBolt has served in athletic communications at HWS for 17 years. He oversees the promotion of 23 of the Heron and Statesmen intercollegiate teams. His office maintains the official athletics website, social media accounts, recruiting brochures and acts as a liaison between athletic departments and local, regional and national media. He maintains game, season and career statistics and serves as an athletics historian.
“Ken is a dedicated teammate to our Herons and Statesmen,” said William Smith Athletic Director Deb Steward. “He is deeply committed to sharing the stories of our student-athletes and coaches in a manner that celebrates all of our 23 teams. In this constantly changing digital age, Ken is on the forefront of implementing new ideas which keeps our alums, parents and fans connected to our teams.”
A member of CoSIDA and ECAC-SIDA, DeBolt served on the CoSIDA Committee on Committees from 1997 to 2010. He joined the CoSIDA Academic All-America committee in 2010. Additionally, his work on the Hobart football media guide has been recognized in the annual CoSIDA Publications Contest, earning fourth in the nation in 1999, 2001 and 2006.
In the Geneva community, DeBolt has volunteered for the Geneva Fire Department since 1993. He has served the C.J. Folger Hook & Ladder Company as a lieutenant and captain and has been a member of the company’s board of directors. DeBolt has earned the company’s Firefighter of the Year Award five times. He has been a member of the Sons of the American Legion for more than 20 years.
“Ken is acknowledged for his good work in sports information and in serving his community as volunteer firefighter, what impresses me are his skills as a master juggler,” said Hobart Athletic Director Mike Hanna. “As an administrator at the Colleges, as a firefighter, as a colleague and certainly as a husband and father of two young children, Ken DeBolt is the very good fortune of HWS, college athletics, the Geneva community and his family. His dedication and effectiveness in each of those roles is only exceeded by his humility and concern for others.”
A portion of ECAC-SIDA’s mission statement reads, “As part of the athletic communication/sports information service industry we enhance and promote the student-athlete experience while representing higher education institutions in a positive and strategic manner. A diverse and thorough skill set allows for numerous tasks to be carried out that benefit countless constituencies, including student-athletes, coaches, colleagues, members of the media, partners and fans.”