Robbie Hazelbaker, assistant director of parks and recreation for the City of Richardson, was recently honored as an Outstanding Community Leader by Special Olympics Texas – Area 10 and the local Richardson Roadrunners Delegation. Through his work organizing the Richardson Corporate Challenge over nearly 15 years, Hazelbaker has helped raise over $1,030,000 for Special Olympics Texas and the local Richardson Roadrunners team. Special Olympics Texas – Area 10 has also nominated Hazelbaker for a statewide award to celebrate his exceptional leadership and dedication to the organization.
“The City of Richardson is proud of Robbie for his continued success with the Richardson Corporate Challenge,” said Bob Townsend, Mayor of Richardson. “The efforts of Robbie, his team and the corporate partners in our great community have made it possible for the Richardson chapter of Special Olympics Texas to truly thrive. Robbie is greatly deserving of this award, and his outstanding community leadership is a true testament to the civic commitment of our City employees.”
As an actively involved member of the Richardson community, Hazelbaker is also a broadcaster and organizer for the Richardson Christmas Parade, was a member of the 1st class of the City of Richardson’s Citizens Police Academy, and worked as the executive director for the Richardson YMCA, for which he completed a $1.2-million capital campaign. Hazelbaker was the recipient of the Special Olympics Texas Hero Award for 2006, 2008 and 2009, the Paul Harris Fellow Award for 2012 from the Richardson Rotary Club, as well as multiple other Special Olympics Texas awards for his previous work with the Corporate Challenge. He has been married for 27 years to his wife Suzanne, with whom he has two daughters, Abbey and Claire, and they are expecting their first grandchild in November.
The Richardson Corporate Challenge, a 10-week, Olympic-style competition for businesses, is entering its 15th year and has benefited Special Olympics Texas since its creation. During the 2011 games, the Corporate Challenge raised over $172,000 for the organization, helping the event to surpass the cumulative $1 million fundraising goal over its history. The 2012 Richardson Corporate Challenge kicks off on Friday, August 17, and runs through Friday, October 19. For more information, contact Abby Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-744-4585.
The Richardson Corporate Challenge is a professionally run, volunteer-driven, Olympic-style competition produced by the Richardson Parks & Recreation Department. A managing board, made up of a select group of company representatives and City employees, developed the policies and procedures that rule and govern the events.