Lee Lonzo Honored for Distinguished Service by the IHSAA
At halftime of the Boys 4A IHSAA State Championship game on Saturday, Champions Together Director Lee Lonzo was presented with the third annual Richard G. Lugar Award for Distinguished Service to Interscholastic Athletics.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb presented the award at Bankers Life Fieldhouse along with IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox and Pacers Sports & Entertainment Vice Chairman Jim Morris.
As head of the groundbreaking partnership between Special Olympics Indiana and the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), Lee has spearheaded our efforts to bring Unified Sports and the “Inclusion Revolution” to Indiana schools far and wide for the past six years.
Under his leadership, Champions Together has consistently ranked among the largest and most successful Unified Schools programs in the country, with 125 Indiana High Schools earning banners and more than 600 schools at all levels now engaged.
Lee has also played a key role in the establishment of Unified Track & Field and Unified Flag Football as officially sanctioned IHSAA sports—along with creating state championships in Unified Bocce and Unified Bowling—and has helped to provide new opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities to play unified and to learn from each other while representing their schools in competition.
A former teacher, coach, athletic director, and assistant principal at Carmel High School, Lee has served on the IHSAA Board of Directors and assisted in the formation of its Student Advisory Committee. He remains involved as an Educational Consultant with the IHSAA, where he works closely with Assistant Commissioners Kerrie Schludecker and Robert Faulkens in helping to plan the IHSAA Student Leadership Conference each year.
Past recipients of the Richard G. Lugar Award include its namesake, Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, and former National Federation of State High School Associations Executive Director Bob Gardner. Along with the IHSAA and its 410 member schools across the state, Special Olympics Indiana thanks Lee for his years of dedicated service to high school sports and congratulates him on this well-deserved honor!