Recognition Celebration

Lincoln TeamMates holds the annual Recognition Celebration in January. This event highlights the contributions and achievements of those in the Lincoln TeamMates family.


2021 Lincoln TeamMates Recognition Celebration

On the evening of January 26, 2021, Lincoln TeamMates held our annual Recognition Celebration! Like many events this school year, the Recognition Celebration looked differently than our previous in-person events, but we were nevertheless thrilled to be celebrating the achievements of Lincoln TeamMates mentors, students, facilitators, champions, and supporters.

Words from Coach Osborne

To start of the night, Coach Osborne said a few words about the importance of TeamMates, especially now, during the pandemic.

Student Keynote Speakers

We were so excited to have two of our senior students join us for the event to share more about their TeamMates experiences. Sam is a senior at East High School. He and his mentor Jim have been matched since 2015. Jimena is a senior at Northeast. She was matched with her current mentor, Sara, in 2014. We look forward to seeing all they accomplish in the years ahead!

Carmen and Tony Messineo Community Involvement Award

This year, the Messineo Award was bestowed upon Bob and Jan FitzSimmons. The FitzSimmons have supported numerous nonprofits in Lincoln, with a special focus on youth in the community. To view a full list of their contributions, and watch Bob accept the honor, please visit our Awards Page.

Student Achievement Awards

The Student Achievement Award is given to mentees who have been nominated by their mentors for their effort to achieve their full potential as indicated by better attendance, improved grades, or personal growth. At the event, we honored 32 students.

Mentor Hall of Fame Awards

We honored and inducted 42 mentors into the Mentor Hall of Fame at the Recognition Celebration. These mentors were all nominated for this award by their mentees. They have been meeting together for at least three years and exemplify outstanding mentor qualities.

Decade of Difference Winners

The Decade of Difference Award is presented to mentors upon their tenth anniversary as a TeamMates mentor. This award represents far more than a number; it signifies commitment, dedication, selfless giving, and care for the youth they have mentored. These 26 mentors have positively impacted our community, one student and one meeting at a time.


Highlights from past Recognition Celebrations can be found on our Past Recognition Celebrations page.

For a full list of the award winners from previous years, please visit our Awards page.

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