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Kevin Kinel, Jim Cavallo, Bob Kelly, DBIG honored by Chamber

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By KEVIN NEVERS

Duneland can boast of many accomplishments but near the top of the list surely is the greatness achieved by its swimmers and debaters.

This year the Duneland Chamber of Commerce has honored three men who have spent their careers getting the best out of this community’s youth: Chesterton High School swim coach Kevin Kinel and CHS debate and speech coaches Jim Cavallo and Bob Kelly, recipients of the Putting Duneland on the Map award at Wednesday’s annual State of the Chamber Luncheon at the Sand Creek Country Club.

Of Kinel presenter John Marshall listed a host of milestones: he’s coached numerous teams to state high school and club championships, coached one student to the Olympic trials, and coached two to the Indiana Junior Olympic trials.

Kinel has also been named Indiana Senior Coach of the Year four times, has been named Indiana High School Coach of the Year, and was featured in the March 2013 issue of USA Swimming Magazine as “One of the Coaches You Should Know.”

“Year after year, (Kinel) is building a positive reputation of our community in the national area,” Marshall said.

The second two recipients of the Putting Duneland on the Map award, Cavallo and Kelly, “have been part of a 45-year legacy of bringing the spotlight on the Duneland community,” Marshall remarked, both joining the debate and speech program only a few years after it was established in 1968.

“Together they have coached an estimated 1,400 kids, with over 100 students qualifying to compete nationally,” Marshall said. “The organization has competed in 42 consecutive national tournaments and won numerous team titles as well as individual awards.”

Cavallo and Kelly’s “hard work and dedication have helped put Duneland on the map time and time again,” Marshall added.

Volunteer of the Year

For its work in making a Duneland a perennially festive place, the Duneland Business Initiative Group (DBIG) was named Volunteer of the Year.

“It takes a tremendous amount of time and energy to create extraordinary community celebrations that will attract tourists and locals alike year after year,” presenter Mary Fox said. But DBIG “has been pulling off this monumental task time and again over the past five years.”

“The members of this group volunteer their time organizing parades, the beloved Bark in the Park event, the Family 4th Fun Fest, and Taste of Duneland and they were even able to bring back the Oz Fest for a few years,” Fox said. “They do all of this as volunteers, for the love of their community.”

 

Posted 7/19/2013