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Ray Dombrowski ’76 and Peter Rackett ’61 Honored at Annual Athletic Awards Dinner

Kings Point, NY - Ray Dombrowski ’76 and Peter Rackett ‘61 were recognized for their commitment and dedication to Kings Point and USMMA Athletics Friday night inside Melville Hall at the 2012 Athletic Awards Dinner.  Dombrowski was the 2012 recipient of the Acta Non Verba Award, the highest honor presented by the USMMA Department of Athletics.  Rackett became just the fourth individual to receive the prestigious George Edward “Skip” Prosser ’72 Award. 

The Acta Non Verba Award is presented bi-annually to those who have helped build and enhance USMMA Athletics to what it is today.  Dombrowski is certainly deserving of the honor as “Acta Non Verba” translates to “Deeds Not Words”.  He is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation, working tirelessly to support and promote the Academy and its athletic teams. 

Dombrowski can often be spotted cheering on the Mariners in the stands or on the sidelines at various athletic contests.  He also supports the Heidmar Blue & Gray Golf Classics, playing whenever he can, bidding generously in its auctions, or donating items to be auctioned off.  Dombrowski has also had an impressive professional career, earning numerous awards and honors along the way.  In 2011, he also received the Academy’s Distinguished Service Award.

“Ray’s extensive support to and tireless work ethic for Kings Point Athletics is a true testimony to how he upholds our Academy motto, ‘deeds not words’,” said USMMA Director of Athletics Sue Petersen Lubow. 

The George Edward “Skip” Prosser Award, established in 2007, is presented annually to a USMMA alum who epitomizes the true spirit and qualities of “Skip” Prosser ’72.  Prosser passed away in the summer of 2007 in his office at Wake Forest University, where he served as the head coach of the prominent Division I ACC program. Skip’s qualities included honesty, integrity, dedication and determination to serve others.

Rackett undoubtedly meets those qualifications and is more than deserving of the “Skip” Prosser Award.  Rackett, a 1961 graduate of the Academy, was one of the founding members of the Blue & Gray Club and helped establish the Acta Non Verba Award in 1994.  Pete was originally scheduled to receive this award in 2010 alongside Tom Hughes ’80, who received the Acta Non Verba Award that year. When Tom Hughes’ guest list swelled to Melville Hall’s capacity, Pete graciously stepped aside for Tom Hughes to have the room’s full attention. Then in 2011, when faced with the tough choice of missing his 50th reunion party, Pete chose his class reunion over receiving the award, thus delaying his recognition to 2012.

Rackett currently works for the USMMA Alumni Association and mentors 30 midshipmen as well as serving as the Track/Cross Country teams’ advisor for the last 20 years.  He was instrumental in establishing the by-laws of the Athletic Hall of Fame and had the Class of 2000 yearbook dedicated in his honor.  Rackett was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and had the Peter J. Rackett ’61 Lifetime Achievement Award named in his honor.    He spent seven years on active duty in the U.S. Navy after graduation and as an advocate for the Academy he is credited with recruited some of USMMA’s top athletes.

“Pete’s unwavering love for Kings Point has truly impacted all who are connected with Academy athletics.  He truly epitomizes this award, which embodies ‘service before self’,” said Lubow.