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Awards Banquet

56th Anniversary Celebration

Mathews-Dickey Celebrates 56th Anniversary, Helps Guide Youth to "Achievement Avenue"

Vanesa Keith, Esq.

Marvin Teer, Jr.

Sherry Amen & Dawn Rathman



Renowned vocalist Sandra Jamerson serenades Mr. Mathews with her rendition of the famous "Birthday Song".

The In Appreciation of the Year Award Winner is Robert Russell, Jr. poses for a photo with club Founder & CEO, Martin Mathews.

Sharon Stevens accepting the Rev. William G. Gillespie Spirit of St. Louis Award on behalf of Lynn Beall.

Rev. William G. Gillespie Spirit of St. Louis award winner, Chairman, President & CEO of Ameren Corporation, Thomas Voss.



Mathews-Dickey is showing youth the way to Achievement Avenue every day on the playing fields and in the classroom.  The organization celebrated its 56th anniversary by recognizing some high-achieving scholar-athletes and community volunteers Feb. 21 during its Awards Showcase at its facility.  Three-hundred fifty youth received trophies and rings, sponsored by Emerson, for baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, MVPs, career and other outstanding achievements.  The Club also bestowed awards upon civic leaders, volunteers, parents and alumni.

"We are focused on a new era of producing Blue Chip Scholar-Athletes with our eyes set on college attainment for all," said President & CEO Wendell Covington, Jr. "With athletics as the core, we will surround our young people with the arts, supplemental education, healthy living and professional development opportunities to lead to college scholarships and mold them into responsible, productive citizens." 

The Rev. William G. Gillespie Spirit of St. Louis Award was presented to Marvin Teer, Jr, deputy director/general counsel for the Missouri Department of Economic Development.  Teer has been instrumental in revitalization efforts at the Mathews-Dickey Bob Russell Park in North County and securing $250,000 in state tax credits to help raise $500,000.

The Meritorious Service Award was bestowed upon Vanessa Keith, Esq., officer at Greensfelder, Hemker &Gale, PC, for her dedication as the chairperson of the 2015 Sheer Elegance fashion show fundraiser. 

Both Sherry Amen, qualifying national marketing director for Juice Plus and Dawn Rathmann, owner of Fit for Excellence, received the In Appreciation of the Year plaques for their essential time, talents and financing in helping Mathews-Dickey launch the Green St. Louis Machine last fall at Mathews-Dickey a well as three area schools.

Honored alumni included Turan Mullins, director of diversity inclusion at Maryville University, and Senior Analytical Chemist, Tasha Turner.

Welcome remarks were presented by Co-Founder and Emeritus President Martin Luther Mathews along with Covington.  Senior Vice President of Sports and Operations Tom Sullivan and Director of Operations Leroy Witherspoon emceed the festivities, along with VP/PR & Special Events Bill Fronczak.

The mission of Mathews-Dickey is to, "Produce healthy physically active, well-educated and hopeful youth with families at the center of our efforts". Creating scholar athletes is our ultimate goal as our own experience as well as national studies demonstrate that focusing on Scholar-Athleticism is the most effective path to making college both an expectation and reality for children. Your time, talents and treasures help children become better educated, healthier and more hopeful about the future. Become one of 2,000 volunteers who devote over 400,000 hours of service every year. You can be a coach, instructor, mentor, study buddy or give your professional expertise. Contact us or visit our website to learn how you can become part of helping give students this reality.

The Club is a 501 (c)(3) proud United Way member agency that annually instills within children the concept that athletics and academics can and should co-exist.  For information, call Fronczak at 314.679.5228.

The roll call of other Award Winners includes:

Gold — Patrick Sanders
Silver — Rayna Sullivan
Bronze — Rolando Merriweather II

Mother of the Year — Shapier McDavis
Father of the Year — Willie Brandon
Baseball Hall of Fame — Luther Ginger
Football Hall of Fame — Martisse Scott
Baseball Manager of the Year — Eddie Hampton
Swoosh n’ Hoops Basketball Coach of the Year — Malcolm Hill
Football Coach of the Year — Eric Kazee
Cheerleading Coordinator of the Year — Paige Tyler


Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) United Way member agency that annually provides educational, athletic and cultural enrichment programs to more than 40,000 young people from throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Since 1960 the Club has taught youth respect, restraint and responsibility so that they may obtain credibility, integrity and accountability. For more information, call Bill Fronczak at (314) 382-5952, ext. 228.