The 18th annual Cabot Scholarship Foundation Roast and Toast Banquet will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, in the Cabot Junior High North cafeteria. The event will honor students who have received scholarships from the foundation. Last year, the scholarship foundation awarded 71 scholarships, totaling $72,000. Bobby Doyle will be the honoree at this year’s banquet.
Master of Ceremonies for the event is John C. Thompson. Roasters are Bob Robbins, Dr. Danny Knight, and Johnny White.
Doyle, a graduate of Cherry Valley High School, completed his bachelor of science in education degree at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and worked on his master’s at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
After more than a decade in public education, Doyle made a career change in 1972. With great devotion, he committed the next 40 years to making the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities a little better.
As Executive Director of Special Olympics Arkansas, he worked to inspire others to champion the cause of Special Olympics. He saw the program go from serving 283 athletes to over 14,000 athletes annually. Under his direction, the program expanded from two sports to a year-round program with 18 sports. Annually, he rallied thousands of committed Olympians to achieve their human potential and brought excellence and joy to many lives. His impact within Special Olympics has extended far beyond Arkansas. He has remained a consistent voice for the movement, calling others to community service and always seeking what is best for the athlete.
Doyle is a member of Cabot First United Methodist Church where he has served in various capacities. He has been a member of the Lions Club, the Jaycees, and the Civitan Club. As a dedicated member of the Civitan Club, he received the Civitan International Award for dedicated service. He has been recognized for outstanding service by numerous organizations. He has been a volunteer with Cabot City Beautiful working on the Cabot cleanup and the Santa Shack. Bobby’s love of his community and state is no secret to those who know him.
In July 2012, Doyle retired from Special Olympics Arkansas and is currently enjoying leisure time and hobbies. He and his wife, Peggy live in Cabot. Bobby has three daughters, Joanna, Debbie, and Elizabeth; three grandchildren, Mika, Drake and Reid; and one great grandchild, Lucas. As his three daughters and granddaughter attended and graduated from Cabot High School, his support of the Cabot School System grew. In 2006, Doyle helped to establish the Cabot Panther Foundation and has served as a board member.