Howard Payne University honors man with Big Country ties at Spurs game

Howard Payne University honors man with Big Country ties at Spurs game

BROWNWOOD, Texas - Howard Payne University (HPU) honored a man at the San Antonio Spurs basketball game Sunday evening for his service to the community.

HPU President Dr. Bill Ellis presented Kevin Dinnin of San Antonio with the Gordon Cowden award. The award is named for Gordon Cowden, an HPU alum who was a victim in the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting back in July of 2012.

"Gordon was a personal friend of mine for over 20 years, so it has special meaning to me that I was selected to be a recipient for an award that honored Gordon's life," said Dinnin.

Dinnin is the president and CEO of the health and human services organization called "Baptist Child and Family Services" (BCFS). While there are many facilities across the country and even on a few continents, there are two located in Abilene.

BCFS opened "Our House" in Abilene, which offers a transitional living center for young homeless men in the area.

According to Dinnin, BCFS also provides a transition center for children and families where they are able to receive support such as social work, job training and housing assistance, to name a few.

"The award was designed to recognize Christian service and as Christians, we're all called to do what we can do for our fellow man, and so this award is a symbol of someone who gave during their lifetime," said Dinnin. "Working together can make a difference in the lives of others."

"This sculpture is a sculpture of Christ...and it represents that service to others...which is so much a part of Mr. Dinnin's life and Mr. Cowden's life," said Dr. Ellis.

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