Mathews-Dickey Celebrates 56th Anniversary, Helps Guide Youth to “Achievement Avenue”
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.