WORCESTER – A local basketball coach and community leader received an award at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation’s annual meeting Wednesday.
T. Diago McClain, founder and CEO of Worcester Pay It Forward, received the grant-making institution’s 13th annual Renaissance Award, which recognizes the organization’s nonprofit leader of the year.
In partnership with Holy Name, Mr. McClain and Worcester Pay it Forward provide a variety of programs including the “Tiny Tots” basketball, the “Rise Against Bullying” summer basketball league, school vacation camps, travel basketball and WSUP Peer Mentoring. Under Mr. McClain’s guidance, many program graduates have gone on to pursue higher education at colleges and universities including Clark University, Newbury College, Worcester State University, Assumption College, Boston College, Assumption College, Salem State University, and Quinsigamond Community College.
The annual meeting also publicly released the foundation’s financial reporting for 2016. Total assets exceeded $139.2 million, and were comprised of permanent charitable endowments that are available for local grantmaking; the foundation awarded $6.6 million in grants and scholarships and received more than $5 million in contributions. A complete annual report can be found at greaterworcester.org.