Tommy Otterbine - 2017 Recipient of The VCU Burnside Watstein Award
By Connie Kottmann on Aug. 15, 2019
Tommy Otterbine, Assistant Director for Structured Sports and Outreach Programming, was recently awarded the 2017e VCU Burnside Watstein Award. Otterbine has been working in collegiate recreation for 12 years. His role at Rec Sports has involved coordinating and executing more inclusive and adaptive programming. He has taken part in planning inclusive events such as the Fast & Fierce Field Day benefitting VA Pride, and the Unified Sports league with Special Olympics.
He works closely with VCU organizations like OMSA, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and SAEO, Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity, to start initiatives that will foster inclusive and welcoming atmospheres. Otterbine recently received the Burnside Watstein Award, an award that recognizes and honors the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual people and allies at VCU.
Recently, Otterbine founded Stonewall Sports - Richmond, a year-round LGBTQIA+ adult sport and recreation league open to the Richmond community. When describing the importance of inclusive recreation and outreach, Otterbine said, “Whether we’re talking about inclusive rec or adaptive rec, we’re trying to do more to identify what’s missing for students in recreation. We want to think more about who we aren’t reaching and why we aren’t reaching them.”