The award is given to “an individual or organization who, through their actions, displays extraordinary service, loyalty, commitment and human concern to Down Syndrome of Louisville and the entire community” according to the organization’s executive director, Diana Merzweiler.

At the award ceremony June 22 , Ramsey was praised for his leadership in assuring a pool of UofL students who volunteer as tutors for Down Syndrome of Louisville’s adult academic intervention program. UofL student-athletes regularly volunteer with social skill building and fund raising events.

UofL’s Weisskopf Center and Neonatal Follow-up program also work hand-in-hand with DSL to make sure newly diagnosed patients and their parents get the care and support they need.

Ramsey said he was “humbled” by the award and pledged that “UofL will continue to partner with you as we work toward a better tomorrow for all of the special people in our lives.” 


Mark Hebert
Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.