Paragraph 4 of the Legacy of Jim Quinn is the guiding rule by which to first measure the eligibility of a nominee.
Paragraph four states; “The spirit of Jim Quinn is that of courage and humility, of service to others, of leadership by example and deed, inspiration by overcoming adversity and by always giving 100% effort, sportsmanship and dedication to promoting sports for the visually impaired”.
This list is only a guide and not to be considered the only things that can be considered when submitting a nomination letter on an individual that you or your team believes to be a good candidate for the Jim Quinn Award.
As one of the founders of the NBBA, Jim Quinn was considered one of the best players in the history of the NBBA. Known as the “Ted Williams” of Beep Baseball, Mr. Quinn was a powerful hitter and an all around good athlete.
More importantly, Jim Quinn was the embodiment of the NBBA goal of enabling those who are blind or sight impaired to reach their full potential through participation in athletic competition. Jim Quinn’s life is a model for all of us.
A gifted athlete before he lost his sight to Diabetes, Jim did not shy away from any challenge. His love of sports enabled him to overcome his impairment and lead his life to the fullest. Always humble, Jim was always willing to help others demonstrating a willingness to share with his many friend’s problems. He dedicated five years to the sport of Beep Baseball, a game he loved very much. Both on and off of the field of competition Jim’s service to those who are blind and visually impaired remains an inspiration to players and volunteers alike. An award given to Jim Quinn in 1975 sums up how much he was admired and why this award is given in his honor. It said “Jim Quinn. A man whose blindness only made him a bigger winner”. This is the essence of Jim Quinn the athlete but, most of all Jim Quinn the person, He is a role model for us all and this is why the Jim Quinn Award was so named.
The spirit of Jim Quinn is that of courage and humility, of service to others, of leadership by example and deed, inspiration by overcoming adversity and by always giving 100% effort, sportsmanship and dedication to promoting sports for the visually impaired.
Jim Quinn’s positive impact on the lives of others during his lifetime and now is his lasting legacy. His greatness lives through this award and each recipient is the torch bearer of his legacy.