Mathews-Dickey Celebrates Efforts to “Build Together, Win Together”
AT 57TH ANNIVERSARY, YOUTH AND COMMUNITY AWARDS SHOWCASE
“Mathews-Dickey is proud to champion a strong network of partners who are committed to the development of our youth into well-educated, physically active and hopeful Blue Chip scholar-athletes,” said President & CEO Wendell Covington, Jr. “We’re committed to fostering teamwork on the playing fields, in the learning environment as well as in our staff and board rooms so we can ‘Build Together, Win Together.”
Build Together, Win Together
The Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club is a cornerstone of the community by galvanizing partnerships to “Build Together, Win Together.” The organization celebrates its 57th anniversary by recognizing some high-achieving scholar-athletes and community volunteers who’ve done just that at 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26 during its Awards Showcase at its facility at 4245 N. Kingshighway Blvd. Up to 400 young people will receive trophies and rings, sponsored by Emerson, for baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, MVPs, career and other outstanding achievements. The Club will also bestow awards upon civic leaders, volunteers, parents and alumni.
Leaders Building With Us
Mathews-Dickey will recognize community leaders who’ve contributed to this winning recipe during the proceedings.
The Meritorious Service Award is bestowed upon Irasa Downing human resources director for Edward Jones, for her dedication as the chairperson of the 2016 Sheer Elegance fashion show fundraiser that raised nearly $150,000 for the club. Additionally, Downing has been an exceptional mentor and presenter on career topics to young people.
Lou Gianquinto, president of Missouri Care, Inc., a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc., receives the In Appreciation of the Year plaque. Missouri Care has sponsored memberships for low-income youth to join Mathews-Dickey and lent financial support of the Green St. Louis Machine aeroponic gardening program.
Honored outstanding alumni include Korey Johnson, president of the Korey Johnson Foundation and a histotechnologist for SSM Health, and Anastasia Gordon-Stevenson, project manager for MasterCard Worldwide.
The Club also will celebrate the achievements of Ezekiel Elliott with The Rev. William G. Gillespie Spirit of St. Louis accolade. Elliott, running back for the Dallas Cowboys, is an alumnus of the Bulldog football program at Matthews-Dickey who gives back as a mentor, role model and even lent support to youth teams traveling to Florida who won the national championship.
Welcome remarks will be 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 emcee the festivities, along with VP/PR & Special Events Bill Fronczak.
Winning Together: Scholar-Athletes, Coaches & Parents
The roll call of other award winners includes:
Mother of the Year — Lisa Orr
Father of the Year — James Dorsey
Baseball Hall of Fame — Christopher Smith, Sr.
Football Hall of Fame — Darryl Sykes
Baseball Manager of the Year — Gerard “Chuck” Harbour
Swoosh n’ Hoops Basketball Coach of the Year — Ryan White
Football Coach of the Year — Cory White
Cheerleading Coordinator of the Year — LaWanda Love
YOUTH MEDALISTS OF EXCELLENCE
Gold — Sha’Mel Morrow
Silver — Jade Gates
Bronze — Riana McDonald
To purchase tickets, contact Joyce Jones