Family Counseling & Children’s Services held its second annual Everday Heroes award ceremony at Adrian College March 21. Among those honored were Brock Rychener (posthumously). Several individuals were honored in the categories of animal rescue, community hero, educator hero, faith-based hero, fire hero, adult Good Samaritan, youth good Samaritan, human services hero, court hero, law enforcement, medical professional and military hero.
Rychener was an educator hero who had a positive influence on hundreds of young people in the Hudson School system and the Brooklyn area as a teacher, coach, school recover leader and at-risk youth role model. He established positive relationships with students from all backgrounds and many credit his care, encouragement and support for helping them graduate and turn their lives around.
Rychener was known for his professionalism, generosity and easy-going manner. He was credited with being a team player who worked hard, showed loyalty and little ego.
“Rychener will forever be known for his heroic abilities to create team environments, make a positive impact on others around him and draw everyone together. He made a tremendous impact in this world for his short 36 years,” said officials.
Several scholarships have been being awarded in his name. Two scholarships for athletics are being offered at Hudson Schools, one for a female and one for a male. Brock was a 1998 graduate of Hudson High School and also taught at the school. Columbia Central High School athletics also offers a scholarship to one high school senior college bound. Nominations for this scholarship are made by Jason Rychener who is head coach at CCHS and is Brock’s brother.