MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Local nonprofit Special Kids Inc. co-founder Carrie Goodwin recently won the Adam Award presented by Students Taking A Right Stand in Nashville.
The award was presented at the fifth annual Chair-ish The Night with Vince Gill and Friends at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Goodwin won the award for launching Special Kids, a Christian nonprofit that serves children with special needs. Special Kids Executive Director Chris Truelove accepted the accolade at the event on her behalf.
“Carrie (Goodwin) is a woman who always puts the needs of others first,” Truelove said. “Through her example of humility and servant-hood, our professional staff has impacted the lives of over 2,500 children with special needs."
The concert featuring Gill helped to raise funds for the STARS nonprofit, which exists to help students refrain from the use of alcohol and drugs.
After 29 years of service, STARS now helps students in nine Middle Tennessee counties and more than 160 school and community sites.
In 2006, the Duke family’s organization, Kids on the Block, merged with STARS to collectively support young people and their families and help them reach their potential.
The award that Goodwin received was established in memory of Adam Duke, of Franklin, Tenn. Duke was born with Down syndrome. In 1981, his mother, Alva Duke, founded Kids on the Block to help children learn to be accepting of each other regardless of their differences.
The award is given annually to an individual who has gone the extra mile to promote the importance of accepting differences among mankind.