HARTFORD, Conn. – Billy McBride, Assistant Athletic Director for Diversity and Inclusion, was among those honored at the 100 Men of Color Black Tie Gala and Awards on Friday night at The Bushnell Theatre in downtown Hartford.
The 7th anniversary celebration of the gala recognized the contributions of these men of color in business, education, entrepreneurship, entertainment, government and public service and the impact they have made on the lives of people throughout Connecticut and western Massachusetts.
The goal of 100 Men of Color is to provide financial support for programs that support the advancement of young men of color. A portion of the proceeds from the gala will support scholarships, STEM, leadership and mentorship programs.
"Imperfect people have perfect moments in their lives," said McBride. "Believe, Achieve, and Inspiring young future scholars means the world to me."
During his tenure at Amherst College, McBride has held several assistant coaching positions and was the head coach for women's basketball for fifteen years. He was named the NESCAC and Northeast Region District 1 Division III Russell Athletic WBCA Coach of the Year in 2000–2001.
McBride came to Amherst College from Allen Stevenson School, N.Y., where he served as the school's Director of Athletics.
"Billy has touched the lives of many students during his time at Amherst," said Don Faulstick, Amherst College Director of Athletics. "He's also made a tremendous impact in the recruitment and mentorship of students of color. He's been such a valuable resource to me and our department. He deserves this recognition and I'm very happy for him. In leading the NESCAC's first student of color group, The Council of Amherst College Student-Athletes of Color (CACSAC), he'll continue to make an impact for years to come."
Dale Hendricks, Director of Admission & Financial Aid Systems & Strategies, echoed the sentiments of Faulstick in his praise of McBride.
"Billy plays a tremendous role when it comes to developing men of color in our community through his mentoring," said Hendricks. "His steady guidance and support instills confidence, discipline and respect in the young people he works with. I also appreciate his engagement with the surrounding communities, encouraging high-achieving, low-income (HALI) students to realize their dreams and goals."