CP Nassau is thrilled to announce that Mary C. Hodge has been chosen as Volunteer Coach of the Year!  This award is presented by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to a coach who does not receive payment in any form for their involvement in coaching at any level. Mary C. Hodge is an extremely dedicated and valued staff member at CP Nassau.  On staff since 1987, Mary currently serves as the Coordinator of Community Based Day Hab/Program Without Walls.  She is also the Head Coach of our sports team, the Nassau Thunderbolts.

Bob McGuire, CP Nassau Executive Director commented, “ We could not be more pleased about this well-deserved honor and recognition for Mary.  Her commitment to athletes with disabilities is remarkable and her contributions to the sports of powerlifting and boccia are beyond compare.

Coach Hodge is the high performance manager of Para Powerlifting at Logan University, the high performance management organization for the sport in the U.S. Her coaching experience is unparalleled, serving as head coach or team leader of the U.S. Para Powerlifting team in four Paralympic Games, five world championships and four Parapan American Games. In 2018, Hodge received a Power Women in Business Award from the Long Island Press and was a finalist at the sixth annual Imagine Awards, a competition for non-profit organizations sponsored by Cerini & Associates and has been honored by the Cerebral Palsy Association of NYS for her Leadership Excellence.

Mary has truly set a standard for leadership and dedication that serves as inspiration for the entire CP Nassau Community from the participants, to the administrators, to students, to families, to all staff, to volunteers —  simply mention the name Mary C. Hodge and the reaction is unanimous,  this is one amazing, awe-inspiring person!  Mary’s efforts on behalf of our participants are always fueled with respect, concern, knowledge, skill, trust and kindness.

In 2018 the Nassau Thunderbolts won two bronze medals at the national boccia championships and Mary coached seven U.S. athletes to top-10 finishes at the 2018 World Championships. In addition to her work developing Para powerlifting regional hubs around the country, she volunteers internationally with soldiers with disabilities.

Upon learning of this honor, Coach Hodge remarked, “ It has been a tremendous honor to work with many Para athletes over the last 20 years on their quest to represent the United States of America. Para Powerlifting is my passion and I am lucky to have amazing coaches, especially our head coach Butch Schovanec and all the other coaching staff at Logan University in particular, our Administrator,Kelley Humphries to go on this journey with. Thanks everyone for your support – no one person does it alone! Go Team USA! I am also grateful for the support and encouragement from all at CP Nassau.”