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USF Health’s Hiram Green named 2022 Unsung Hero

USF Health’s Hiram Green was named the 2022 Unsung Hero by the Tampa Organization of Black Affairs (TOBA).

Green, director of Community Engagement for USF Health, was recognized at TOBA’s 42nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Leadership Breakfast held Jan. 17.

Each year, TOBA seeks nominations from the public for its Unsung Hero, then reviews the responses and selects the awardee. The award honors a person who does not seek the spotlight but instead works quietly and effectively in the background.

“Mr. Green has been a positive beacon from USF for his entire career and we believe he is the first  representative from USF to receive an award from TOBA in our 42-year history,” said James Ransom, TOBA Board member and chair of the TOBA Economic Development Committee. “Congratulations to Mr. Green for being an extraordinary ambassador and achieving this notable acknowledgement.”

At the MLK Leadership Breakfast, building up to the announcement of Green as the deserving recipient, it was noted by Dr. Larry Shannon, TOBA Board member and C.T. Harris, TOBA Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Leadership Breakfast Committee member, as they presented the award:

“This awardee is known for helping others by giving of their time, talent, funding and other support of those in our community whom have the greatest need. Among notable achievements and attributes, this individual does not seek the spotlight, instead his extraordinary good deeds set a high standard and example for others to follow. This awardee has worked quietly and tirelessly for the University of South Florida (USF) where he was recruited out of Bartow High School as a student athlete on the USF Men’s Basketball Team. After suffering a basketball career ending injury, he began working at USF in various roles that helped to nurture student success, alumni support, community health, welfare and development, among other distinguished achievements. This year’s awardee is currently the Community Engagement Director for USF Health.

“Please join us in recognizing and congratulating Mr. Hiram Green as the 2022 TOBA Unsung Hero.”

An example of Green’s many efforts that successfully connect community organizations with collaborative programs at USF Health is his work with USF Health WE-CARE, an initiative that aims to improve health outcomes among minority populations by increasing minority enrollment and participation in research.

Founded in 1979, TOBA is a non-profit, non-partisan organizatino dedicated to political education, economic and youth development. Among its many efforts, the group works to solve issues facing the black community across the Tampa Bay area.