The Dr. Robert Harney Leadership Award, created in October 2012 by the Disabled Sports USA Board of Directors, is an annual award to honor a company, organization or an individual that has demonstrated and provided extraordinary leadership in the Disabled Sports / Adaptive Sports Movement.

“Dr. Bob” as he was affectionately known, was an adaptive sports pioneer and tireless leader in Paralympic sports at the local, national and international levels. He was an innovator in the national and international medial classification of athletes with disabilities. As a volunteer, Harney was on the International Paralympic Medical Classification team in the sports of alpine skiing and cycling and attended every winter and summer games since 1998. Dr. Bob was also a Professional Ski Instructor and a full-time practicing orthopedic surgeon in Boston, and a dedicated team physician at Winthrop and Melrose High School in his hometown of Winthrop, MA for more than 20 years.

He served on various boards of directors, including Disabled Sports USA’s as vice president and was a past president of New England Disabled Sports. More than these accomplishments, Dr. Bob was a gracious, generous man who saw the greatness in people of all abilities and encouraged everyone he met. He was a visionary, true mentor and dear friend to many in the adaptive community.

Past Recipients of the Dr. Robert Harney Leadership Award