Sixth Annual Athena Award Nominations Now Open

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The Athena Award recognizes outstanding contributions and service toward persons with disabilities in the Athens community. The City of Athens is seeking names of community members who have worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities. If you know someone, please submit a nomination for the annual Award.

Athena Award nominees should meet any or all of the following criteria: Improves the quality of life for individuals with disabilities; advocates for issues pertaining to individuals with disabilities; volunteers to have a positive impact on individuals with disabilities; develops new programs or services assisting individuals with disabilities; offers exceptional customer service to individuals with disabilities; demonstrates innovation or entrepreneurship that has a positive impact on individuals with disabilities.

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Carolyn Lewis welcomes attendees to the 2018 Athena Award Ceremony. (WOUB Public Media)

Nominations for the Sixth Annual Athena Award will be accepted now through Thursday, October 1, 2020. To nominate someone who deserves this honor, download the nomination form from the City of Athens website and email it to, or mail it to Athens City Hall, Attn: Mayor’s Office, 8 E. Washington Street, Athens, Ohio 45701. Hard copies of the nomination form may be obtained by calling the Mayor’s office, 740.592.3338.

The Athena Award is scheduled to be presented at a special event hosted by Mayor Steve Patterson and the Athens City Commission on Disabilities. It is the only award given by the City. The format, date, and location of the event to be announced.

For questions or for more information, contact Mrs. Berry C. Dilley, Co-Chair, Education and Outreach Committee, (

The Athens City Commission on Disabilities is an agency of city government whose commitment is to provide a means for the concerns of people with disabilities to be heard; to advocate for public policy change; to provide expertise to the community on disabilities; and tell the community about the strengths and limitations of people with disabilities, as well as how the community can help them improve their quality of life, thereby ensuring equality of opportunity and full participation in community life for everyone.