2016 Father Bill Atkinson, O.S.A.
Humanitarian Award Recipient
On Thursday, February 11, Villanova University’s Office of Disability Services will present the fourth annual Fr. Bill Atkinson, OSA, Humanitarian Award to Tom Rinaldi, a correspondent and feature reporter for ESPN. The award will commemorate the five-year anniversary of Rinaldi profiling then-Villanova Men’s and Women’s basketball managers, Frank Kineavy and Nick Gaynor, both of whom have cerebral palsy, and were featured in the documentary, “Coming off the DL.” Rinaldi’s feature aired Feb. 12, 2011 during ESPN’s College Gameday, which broadcast live from The Pavilion on the campus of Villanova University.
Since arriving at ESPN in 2002, Rinaldi, a winner of 12 national Sports Emmy Awards and six national Edward R. Murrow Awards, has covered some of the most impactful stories in sports, such as his 2014 piece, “The Man in the Red Bandana,” chronicling the heroism of Boston College’s Welles Crowther during the September 11th attacks. Rinaldi has also interviewed some of the world’s top athletes, including Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Derek Jeter and countless others.