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Fifth-grade teacher recognized for service to students with “Hometown Hero Appreciation Award”

Joint Initiative between Dunkin’ Donuts and Binghamton Athletics recognizes teacher making a difference in the classroom

February 24, 2012

Fifth-grade teacher recognized for service to students with “Hometown Hero Appreciation Award”

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VESTAL, N.Y. -  A Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School teacher has been chosen as the winner of a joint initiative between Dunkin’ Donuts and Binghamton Athletics to recognize an educator making a difference in the classroom.

Fifth-grade teacher Dario Vazquez was honored with the “Hometown Hero Teacher Appreciation Award” for his lasting impact on students and student athletes.

Vazquez was presented with a one-year supply of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee during a special recognition ceremony during halftime of the Bearcats’ men’s basketball game at the Events Center on Thursday night.

“Dunkin’ Donuts believes in recognizing those who inspire others to be the best they can be,” said Eric Stensland, upstate New York field marketing manager for Dunkin’ Donuts.  “We’re pleased to be able to honor Dario Vazquez for his commitment to our future leaders, workers and thinkers.”

Vazquez was selected based on a two-page, handwritten essay submitted by his student, Jordan Brown in his 5th grade class. Vazquez has taught for five years in the Binghamton City School District, where he was an assistant varsity football coach and is currently a modified boys’ basketball coach. He graduated from Binghamton High School, SUNY Delhi and received his degree in childhood education and history from SUNY Cortland.

“We are delighted to once again work with Dunkin Donuts to recognize another local Hometown Hero. We have so many deserving teachers in our community and are proud to help recognize the efforts of Dario Vazquez from Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School,” said Binghamton University Athletic Director Patrick Elliott.

The Hometown Hero award is the culmination of a comprehensive season-long partnership between Dunkin’ Donuts and the Binghamton University Bearcats’ men’s and women’s basketball teams.

About the Binghamton University Bearcats
Midway through its 11th year as an NCAA Division I program, Binghamton University sponsors 21 sports (11 men’s 10 women’s) with more than 430 student-athletes.  It is a member of the America East Conference and its athletics program has crowned 18 conference championship teams in its Division I era.  Seventeen of those teams from seven different sports have advanced to NCAA Division I tournaments.  Another 39 athletes from individual sports have qualified for NCAA Division I Championships, including NCAA Division I individual champion (pole vaulter Rory Quiller in 2008).  Binghamton has produced 10 NCAA Division I All-Americans spanning six different sports, and its student-athletes have maintained a 3.0 or higher grade-point average for 10 straight semesters.  Additionally, it has produced 26 America East Scholar-Athletes (1 chosen per sport) in 11 years of membership.

About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the regular/decaf coffee, iced coffee, hot flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for six years running. The company has more than 10,000 restaurants in 32 countries worldwide. For the full-year 2011, Dunkin’ Donuts’ restaurants had global system-wide sales of approximately $6.5 billion. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit   

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