Federal, State and Local Officials Join John Hancock to Honor Team Hoyt at Hopkinton Statue Unveiling

BOSTON, MA, April 8, 2013 – Dick and Rick Hoyt, the famed father and son marathoning team, were honored today by federal, state and local officials at the unveiling of a life-size bronze statue in their likeness. The “Yes You Can!” statue, created by sculptor Mike Tabor, was commissioned by John Hancock Financial and donated to the Town of Hopkinton. Joining John Hancock Executive Vice President James D. Gallagher and the Hoyts at the ceremony were Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, State Representative Carolyn Dykema, and John Mosher, Vice Chair, Hopkinton Board of Selectmen.

The statue was installed on the front lawn of the Center School, near the Boston Marathon starting line where Team Hoyt and other wheelchair athletes prepare before the Marathon. The Hopkinton Historical Commission, School Committee, and the Board of Selectman worked collaboratively to accept the gift from John Hancock.

“Dick and Rick Hoyt bring out the best in each other and encourage us to do the same, said Gallagher. “With this statue, John Hancock is proud to honor their remarkable legacy. It is our hope that by donating the statue to the Town of Hopkinton, it will serve as an inspiration for residents and visitors, including all Boston Marathon participants.”

“We are honored and humbled by this incredible gesture from John Hancock.,” said Dick Hoyt. “I’ve been saying this is like winning the Super Bowl for us, and we thank everyone who made it possible. This statue will symbolize the strength to overcome obstacles and adversity, and to persevere and pursue your dreams.”

“Dick and Rick Hoyt have spent over three decades proving there is little we cannot accomplish with teamwork, perseverance and compassion,” said Congressman Joe Kennedy. “Their athletic accomplishments, combined with their commitment to help those who are physically disabled, inspire each of us to challenge the accepted boundaries of our own experiences. I’d like to thank John Hancock and the Town of Hopkinton for making this fitting tribute possible.”

State Representative Carolyn Dykema added, “Dick and Rick Hoyt are a remarkable and inspiring team. I’m honored to join with John Hancock and the Town of Hopkinton to recognize their courage and their work to promote inclusion in both athletics and in all aspects of daily life.”

“All of us in Hopkinton have a special relationship with the Hoyts having seen them at the Marathon start for 30 years, and having had them visit our schools,” said Mr. Mosher. “We are grateful to John Hancock for making sure Team Hoyt’s inspiring message of “Yes You Can!” will forever be etched in our Town’s history.”

For over 30 years, Dick Hoyt has pushed or pulled Rick, who is a quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy, through the finish lines of more than 1,000 athletic events, including 30 Boston Marathons. 2013 will mark their 31st year. In addition to their athletic achievements, the Hoyts work tirelessly to help those who are physically disabled become active members of the community.

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Hoyt Statue in Place

March 26, 2013 — A workman jockeys a fence into place while awaiting the Hoyt statue to arrive and be put on its granite perch in front of Center School to await its official unveiling on April 8, 2013.

March 26, 2013 — A workman jockeys a fence into place while awaiting the Hoyt statue to arrive
and be put on its granite perch in front of Center School to await its official unveiling on April 8, 2013.

 

Flurries begin again as the new Rick and Dick Hoyt statue is lifted from its box outside Hopkinton's Center School.

Flurries begin again as the new Rick and Dick Hoyt statue is lifted from its box outside Hopkinton’s Center School.

 

The statue is lowered onto the base.The new Rick and Dick Hoyt statue is lowered onto its base outsidet Hopkinton's Center School.

The statue is lowered onto the base.The new Rick and Dick Hoyt statue is lowered onto its base outsidet Hopkinton’s Center School.

 

Tim Kilduff, founder of the 26.2 Foundation in Hopkinton, takes a photo of the activity.

Tim Kilduff, founder of the 26.2 Foundation in Hopkinton, takes a photo of the activity.

 

A class applauds as the statue is lowered into place. The new Rick and Dick Hoyt statue is installed at Hopkinton's Center School.

A class applauds as the statue is lowered into place. The new Rick and Dick Hoyt statue is installed at Hopkinton’s Center School.

 

On the Money

March 4, 2013 — The granite base for the Hoyt statue slated for installation later this month, and for unveiling in April, was put in place and leveled today in front of Center School. The statue will pay tribute to Team Hoyt, a father and son duo that has raced in the  BAA Boston Marathon for decades. The sculpture was commissioned by John Hancock Financial Services. A maquette of the work is currently available for viewing at the Hopkinton Library for a limited time.

March 4, 2013 — The granite base for the Hoyt statue slated for installation later this month,
and for unveiling in April, was put in place and leveled today in front of Center School. The
statue will pay tribute to Team Hoyt, a father and son duo that has raced in the BAA Boston
Marathon for decades. The sculpture was commissioned by John Hancock Financial Services.
A maquette of the work is currently available for viewing at the Hopkinton Library for a limited time.

Work on Hoyt statue begins in downtown Hopkinton

HOPKINTON —The world-famous father-son marathon duo only cross the Boston Marathon starting line once a year but a life-size bronze statue of Dick and Rick Hoyt slated for the front of Center School will make the pair a permanent downtown fixture.

Construction is set to continue Friday outside Center School, where Texas artist Mike Tabor this spring is scheduled to place his statue. The John Hancock company commissioned the work last year and hopes it will be ready in time for the April Marathon.

Tabor’s statue will depict father Dick Hoyt pushing his son Rick, who has cerebral palsy, in a wheelchair. Last year was the 30th time the pair has completed the Hopkinton-to-Boston course.

Dick, now 72, first pushed Rick in the Boston Marathon in 1981. They plan to run again this year. The pair since 1977 have completed more than 1,000 races together, including six Ironmans, according to the Team Hoyt website.

The pair now has a non-profit organization and a marathon team.

The John Hancock company decided in late 2011 to commission the statue, the price of which the company won’t say.

Tim Kilduff, founder of the 26.2 Foundation in Hopkinton, said he helped convince John Hancock officials to place the statue in Hopkinton when they were searching for a location anywhere along the route.

The Historic District Commission, which oversees projects in downtown where the school is located, first had questions about the statue but in mid-December approved it.

“The sculpture will be placed literally in line with the starting line, and facing the starting line,” he said.

Wheelchair runners prepare themselves for the race behind the school, making it an even more appropriate location, said School Committee member Jean Bertschmann.

“The Hoyts are such a remarkable story and we’re just so fortunate to be a part of that,” she said.

John Hancock officials said they hope to have the statue complete by late March in order to unveil it the week before the 2013 Boston Marathon.

(Laura Krantz can be reached at 508-626-4429 or lkrantz@wickedlocal.com.)

Hoyt Statue Maquette at Hopkinton Public Library

January 23, 2013 — John Hancock, sponsor of the Boston Marathon as well as the statue of father and son, Dick and Rick Hoyt, Team Hoyt, has
loaned a maquette of the work, for display at the Hopkinton Public Library. For those wishing a close up view, stop by the main  room and soak
it in before it gets sent to Center School for the enjoyment and education of the students there prior to the April 8, 2013 unveiling of the full-sized
statue in front of the school. The statue is being created by Texas sculptor, Mike Tabor.

Team Hoyt Sculpture on Display at Hopkinton Library

For running enthusiasts in Massachusetts and across the world, Hopkinton is the center of the universe for a few hours once a year.

One of the key aspects of that Boston Marathon Day for the past three decades has been, and still is, the father-son marathoning duo of Rick and Dick Hoyt.

Through snow, rain and heat Dick has pushed his son Rick’s wheelchair 26.2 miles into on Patiots Day.

Now, the duo is going to be in Hopkinton year-round. A full size sculpture of was commisioned John Hancock Financial and will be unveiled April 8 at the Center School.

For the time being, a scale model is on display in Hopkinton Public Library.

“The Library is quite honored to display this dramatic work of art and we welcome you to stop by to see the maquette,” a press release from Director of the libary Rownak Hussain said.

The model is on display during the library’s regular business hours.

A scale model of the Team Hoyt sculpture that will be located at Hopkinton's Center School. Credit Hopkinton Public Library

A scale model of the Team Hoyt sculpture that will be located at Hopkinton’s Center School. Credit Hopkinton Public Library