- Uxbridge Public Schools
UHS Athletic Director Nominated for Statewide Award
For Immediate Release:
September 24, 2021
UHS Athletic Director nominated for statewide award
Uxbridge Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patrick Dillon is proud to announce that Chris Carbone, the athletic director for the Uxbridge Public Schools, has been nominated by his peers for the prestigious Massachusetts State Award of Merit from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
“It is humbling to even be considered for an award like this,” Mr. Carbone said. “We are all just doing our best to navigate through these crazy times and do right by our student-athletes despite many variables outside their control.”
In his third full year as the athletic director at UHS, Mr. Carbone is responsible for the leadership and oversight of Uxbridge’s interscholastic athletic programs at both Uxbridge High School and Whitin Intermediate School. He serves as a District 2 representative to the state Sports Medicine committee, and his work to identify protocols and support for athletic programs in conducting safe return-to-play procedures in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic was used as a model for programs across Massachusetts. He has a masters degree in Educational Administration from Endicott College and is a certified athletic administrator from the NIAAA.
“These past 12 months have been challenging for everyone, but the realm of athletics provided important structure, normalcy, and joy for many of our students,” said Dr. Dillon. “In that time, Mr. Carbone’s tireless work to keep sports alive and safe in Uxbridge, despite constant challenges and shifting guidelines, has kept our Spartans engaged, enthusiastic, and enriched. We are proud that others recognize his efforts.”
“Nobody delivered a more consistent message regarding sports and its importance over that past year than Chris Carbone,” said UHS Principal Michael Rubin. “Whenever we had a conversation about the challenges that sports brought over the past year, be it in our building and community, or with our colleagues and peers across the state, Chris had one succinct and consistent message: ‘if we can do it safely, we are going to do it.’ His dedication and commitment to the black and orange is unrivaled, and our community is fortunate to have him as part of our team.”
The State Award of Merit is presented by the state to an NIAAA member who demonstrates outstanding leadership and meritorious service and achievement in the vocation of interscholastic administration. The NIAAA champions the profession of administering athletic programs in high schools and middle schools across the country. The organization provides education, leadership, and service platforms that allows members to network, draw from practices, and identify resources that can best support programs.