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Hall of Fame official surprised with 'One Good Deed Michiana' Award

The saying goes one good deed deserves another.

Bob Kania has been dedicated to his craft for over 50 years.

Not only helping to mentor aspiring youth, but also giving time and efforts to charities around Michiana.

Wednesday, it was all about recognizing the man that has time and time again reinforced, that success is ultimately measured in service and support.

On the football field expectations are not only high for players but for the referees too.

For over five decades, Kania has not only exceeded those, but built his own legacy helping area youth realize their dreams on and off the field working with the I-H-S-A-A.

Allison Hayes is the founder of the nonprofit organization One Good Deed Michiana.

“He’s always the one recognizing other people for what they do so it’s nice to be able to recognize him for once,” said Hayes.

The nonprofit recognizes those in the community that dedicate their lives to others.

Kania was shocked by the surprise.

“People helping other people and I had people help me and I look back and thank them and it’s just amazing.”

And one by one the letters from those who nominated the long-time official were read aloud.

One of those letters is from Big 10 Official, friend and mentee John Roggeman.

“Bob epitomizes professionalism from the get-go. Everything about him. The way he steps on the field and interacts with players, coaches and other officials. He’s been a great person to model myself after,” said Roggeman.

Roggeman was one of nearly a dozen peers on hand to honor the living legend, including Mishawaka Hall of Fame Coach Bart Curtis, Concord Hall of Fame Coach Tim Dawson and Penn Hall of Fame Coach Chris Geesman, to name a few.

If you like to nominate someone you think is deserving of the One Good Deed Michiana Award, CLICK HERE.

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