Coach Larranaga Receives Impact Award

Posted: December 15, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason men’s basketball head coach Jim Larranaga has been named one of 10 winners of AARP The Magazine’s annual Impact Awards. AARP The Magazine is the world’s largest circulation magazine, with more than 29 million readers.

The Impact Awards honor Americans age 50 and older who make the world a better place. Larranaga was cited not just for Mason’s exhilarating run to the Final Four, but for the way the team inspired everyone from cancer patients to soldiers in Iraq to defy tough odds.

Larranaga appears with the other Impact Award winners in the January/February 2007 issue of AARP The Magazine and at

Other winners are Robert De Niro, whose Tribeca Film Festival has helped revitalize lower Manhattan since 9/11; actor David Hyde Pierce, for his work on behalf of Alzheimer’s research; actresses Marlo Thomas, who is outreach director for St. Jude’s Hospital, and Valerie Harper, activist for The Hunger Project; Jack McConnell, MD, founder of Volunteers in Medicine; Gov. Jim Douglas, who signed a bipartisan health bill in Vermont; Shirley Ann Jackson, PhD, an educator who is fighting for more math and science in schools; Native-American activist Elouise Cobell; and Cordelia Taylor, RN, who has revolutionized nursing home care.

The Impact Awards ceremony, hosted by CNN’s Paula Zahn, will be in Manhattan on Dec. 18.

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