William Tacy is a dedicated and talented athlete and professional who gives his all to everything he does. As an employee of KBE Building Corporation, he hardly ever misses a day of work and as a Special Olympics’ participant, he trains in sports year-round to excel as an athlete. Although an individual with an intellectual disability, his gifts, talents and abilities far outshine and outnumber any limitations others might perceive him to have.
William, who is now 41 years old, has been participating in Special Olympics for more than twenty-five years. He is a member of the West Hartford team. He’s trained and competed in downhill skiing, cross country skiing, volleyball, sailing, swimming and unified golf. For unified golf, he plays with an athlete without disabilities and they take alternate shots at practice and during tournaments. “He enjoys golf because he plays with a partner and gets to see a lot more people,” shared Charlotte Tacy. William competes throughout the state and has participated in National Special Olympics events in Iowa and Florida. Charlotte Tacy appreciates the opportunity for William to travel and make friends in and beyond Connecticut.
William Tacy is also a loyal, reliable and dedicated employee. He just celebrated 20 years as an employee of KBE Building Corporation in Farmington, Connecticut. And during all that time, he has only taken one sick day and has only missed work for a doctor’s appointment or snow day. He loves going to work and his days as a full-time KBE employee are filled with sorting and delivering mail, stamping mail – his favorite task, stuffing payroll checks, filing, preparing UPS shipments, copying, and working on mailings and special projects. And, he especially enjoys interacting with his colleagues. He works alongside about 130 other professionals every weekday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “I am very proud of him and the work he does,” said Jamie Rodriquez, his work coach from HARC, the agency that placed William in his position at KBE. “This is William’s first long-term, permanent job. He was comfortable at KBE from the time he first came here.”
William has a warm smile and friendly, kind disposition – a little soft-spoken, and endearing from the moment you shake his hand. He is well-respected and well-liked by his co-workers and takes part in company events such as outdoor picnics and get-togethers. For his merits, he has been recognized as the employee of the year for excellent customer service.
His colleagues fully understand what Special Olympics means to William and they make it a priority to follow his progress and mark his achievements in sports with cakes and parties. Co-workers are kept abreast of William’s involvement in Special Olympics through office-wide emails and newsletters that share what events he competed in and how many ribbons and medals he wins at competitions. “We make sure we let him know we’re very proud of him,” said Mike Kolakowski, president and CEO of KBE Building Corporation.
KBE has been involved with HARC, a Hartford-based agency that supports individuals with intellectual disabilities, since 1999, and provides full-time employment to twoHARC clients, including William.