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John Kocik recognized with “Hometown Hero Appreciation Award”

Joint Initiative between Dunkin’ Donuts and BUAthletics honors a teacher making a difference

February 16, 2013

John Kocik recognized with “Hometown Hero Appreciation Award”

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VESTAL, N.Y.  -  A St. John’s the Evangelist School teacher has been chosen as the winner of a joint initiative between Dunkin’ Donuts and Binghamton University Athletics to recognize an educator making a difference in the classroom. Social Studies, Current Events and Religion teacher John Kocik was honored with the “Hometown Hero Teacher Appreciation Award” for his lasting impact on students and students.

Kocik 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 against Maine at the Events Center on Saturday.

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

Kocik was selected based on an essay submitted by fifth-grade student, Anna Yuhnick, who credited Kocik for his commitment, patience and ability to make lessons informative and fun. Yuhnick said Kocik excels at reassuring his students during trying times. She closed her essay by saying of Kocik, “everyone I know thinks he’s awesome.”

“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 John Kocik from St. John’s the Evangelist School,” said Binghamton University Director of Athletics 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 franchisee-reported sales of approximately $6.4 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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